It is the vision of many NFL players to someday be on the cover of a Madden video game, but at least the Ravens’ Torrey Smith is learning about the New England Patriots coverage from the legendary game franchise.
Smith told reporters on Monday that he has become familiar with the Patriots team he will face in this Sunday’s AFC Championship Game mainly through playing the game.
Who needs all that time studying and breaking down film of the Patriots? Just turn on the XBOX 360 and toss the game plan off to the side.
“The biggest thing I know about New England is my brother always picks them in Madden,” Smith said, via Yahoo.com. “They pretty much always have the best offense for some years in that game.”
It should come as no surprise that Smith’s first taste of the Patriots was through Madden, which remains one of the top-selling video games on the market. Smith, 22, is among a wave of NFL players who grew up playing football video games.
Smith has emerged in his rookie season for the Ravens, and he has become a favored target by quarterback Joe Flacco. In his first season, Smith hauled in 50 receptions for 841 yards and a team-high seven receiving touchdowns.
Smith will already have a good understanding of who he’s lining up against before he even steps foot in Gillette Stadium on Sunday.
“I would be lying to you if I say I did not know their names before we play them,” Smith said. “I mean, my brother plays with them all the time. It does not fail.”