NFL players are men trained to sustain the indignities of their existence. Like, say, being loudly chastised by a coach in practice, or worse, through the media. Or much worse, having a penis shaved in your head because you’re a rookie, and rookies need to be reminded of the locker room hierarchy through the use of male genitalia.
There’s also the more routine frailties of the football players’ existence for those in the lower tier, like knowing that on any given week your employment can be terminated because you missed a few assignments or a few field goals. Then when you’re signed by a new team, your family is uprooted, and the vagabond life continues.
There are no complaints regarding these hardships since they’re part of the package for a chance at gridiron glory. But there’s one sacred ground that can never be touched: the Madden profile. When you mess with a man’s profile in any game in the Madden series, you’ve commitment a heinous crime against his character.
Marcus Thomas would not stand for such an injustice, and last night he launched an online campaign against Mr. Madden.
Thomas, a Giants defensive tackle who’s entering his sixth NFL season, noticed a glitch in the Madden 13 matrix. He’s been misidentified in the game, and therefore his status as a man and as a contributing member of society has been significantly lowered.
The problem, it seems, is that the profile photo for the Marcus Thomas in this year’s Madden game isn’t the right Marcus Thomas. Instead, it’s a far less accomplished Marcus Thomas, a running back who played three games for the Lions in 2008, and was waived by the Broncos in 2009 and hasn’t surfaced in the NFL since. The evidence of the crime against the real Thomas is pictured above (via Kotaku).
This is the real Marcus Thomas during his Broncos days, which is likely the root of the confusion as both players onced played for Denver…
Not one to be silent about the manipulation of his public image, Thomas took to Twitter and assembled his army.
And on it went, with Thomas getting all Incredible Hulk fast, while his followers tried to calm him, floating possible reasons for the placement of the incorrect picture. Sex appeal seems appropriate.
Eventually Thomas’ pleas for justice were answered. He was directed to Donny Moore, the Electronic Arts content producer who handles the player profiles and ratings. Moore assured Thomas that all will be well when the next online game update is issued.
At that point, Thomas’ love for Mr. Madden was restored.