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Kidsday meets NFL players at Madden 12 event

Kidsday reporters Charles Inwald, Brandon O'Sullivan, Joseph Torraca

Kidsday reporters Charles Inwald, Brandon O'Sullivan, Joseph Torraca and Salvatore Miranda with Hall of Fame NFL foorball player Marshall Faulk, at the press day for the new video game Madden 12 in Times Square Photo Credit: Newsday/Pat Mullooly

We went to Manhattan to check out the unveiling event for the Madden NFL 12 video game. Backstage, we met former football stars Marshall Faulk and Deion Sanders, and the cover star, Peyton Hillis. We also had the opportunity to play Madden NFL 12. The game goes on sale Aug. 30.

The Madden NFL 12 game has higher-quality graphics and new pregame scenes. The game aims to look like an actual NFL game on television. The producers made the virtual tackles look more realistic. They now look like they are actually hitting the players! On grass fields, grass stains appear on the knees and legs of players. The game uses realistic camera positions, with angles specific to each stadium used in actual NFL games.

They improved the replays, making catching the ball more realistic. The four of us who played the game unanimously agreed that it deserves a rating of 5 stars. We recommend it to kids our age.
During the interviews, we met Faulk first. He told us about the life he had growing up as an inner-city kid. He advised future NFL players as well as other kids to get a good education. He started the Marshall Faulk Foundation to help inner-city kids with their education.

Deion Sanders was the second person we interviewed. He talked about his professional career as a football and baseball player and how he feels that you can do whatever you set your mind to do.
Next, we interviewed Peyton Hillis of the Cleveland Browns. He had just earned himself the cover of Madden NFL 12, with 12 million fan votes. We talked about how the game compares to real football.

After the interviews at the Edison Hotel Ballroom, we got a chance to meet the one and only Barry Sanders, one of the best running backs in football history.

Sanders was extremely kind and spoke with us about his love of football and basketball. He also spoke about the honor of being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, his 10-year career with the Detroit Lions and his early retirement. Sanders now enjoys spending time with his four sons and plays golf as often as he can.

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