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An All-Star Roster for All-Pro Football 2K8

When 2K Sports can't nab the current NFL stars, they go ahead and sign hundreds of football legends instead.
Author: Kyle Sutton
Published: April 26, 2007
Jockheads, this week is for you. Hot off the announcement of just a few tantalizing features in its arcadey-style long baller, The BIGS, 2K Sports has turned right around and spilled the beans on its other hyped yet hazy sports title, All-Pro Football 2K8. As Electronic Arts retains its iron grip of exclusivity the NFL license, it seems 2K/Visual Concepts have found themselves a little loophole in the contract. Sure, all currently active NFL players are off-limits, but what about those hundreds of retired legends who left their unmistakable mark on the gridiron?

Ay, there's the rub! And it's giving players the dream opportunity to draft a team of the sport's greatest luminaries - the more than 240 of 'em. John Elway, Dan Marino, Jerry Rice, Barry Sanders, Dick Butkus, Johnny Unitas, OJ Simpson (gulp), Walter Payton and Joe Montana; these are just a handful of the former stars set to make the cut, with a full listing in wall-of-fame fashion appearing on the official All-Pro website. That, and a kickin' remix to Rush's "Tom Sawyer" courtesy of 2K Beats. CATCH THE MYSTERY!

"It's great to be back not only 'playing' the game I've loved my entire life, but now I get to compete with and against the best players of all time," grins Jerry Rice, the legendary wide receiver and all-time career leader in pass receptions, yards and touchdowns. "2K Sports has a proud legacy of making the best football games and this one is no exception. I'm proud to be part of the All-Pro Football 2K8 team."

Looks like 2K Sports has some willing participants, no less. The game looks let the legends loose in selectable fan-driven arenas, with thousands of new next-gen player animations, dynamic weather changes, unprecedented 2K broadcasting and original soundtracks, mashups and remixes (courtesy of an "all-pro producer") tying together the package.

"With All-Pro Football 2K8, we're bringing the greatest players in football history back to the game," proclaims Greg Thomas, President of Visual Concepts, a 2K Sports studio. "Imagine an offense featuring John Elway, Thurman Thomas and Jerry Rice going against a defense led by Ronnie Lott, Mike Singletary and Reggie White. By highlighting the signature abilities of the game's greatest legends, we have created a highly customizable and unique football experience tailored for the football fan."

Imagine, just imagine. Now imagine doing it all on your PlayStation 3 in a matter of months. All-Pro Football 2K8, we'll see you this summer!