NEWS - Saturday, April 28, 2007

2K Sports Reveals Line-up for All-Pro Football 2K8

Football gamers breathed a collective sigh of melancholy in late 2004 when it was revealed that EA's Madden series had been given exclusive rights to NFL franchises. The landmark 5-year deal effectively shut out rival publishers and developers, such as Take-Two's 2K Sports line, from creating NFL-based video games. But, a recent announcement shows that 2K Sports has managed to find a way around the licensing agreement by focusing on past players instead of present ones. Entitled All-Pro Football 2K8, the game will feature nearly every single retired NFL great to ever wear a football uniform. The game is scheduled to be released on both Xbox 360 and PS3 consoles this summer. "With All-Pro Football 2K8, we're bringing the greatest players in football history back to the game," said Greg Thomas, President of 2K Sports' Visual Concepts. "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." The game's website presents the names of all of the confirmed players in an interactive flash movie, but Joystiq has taken the liberty of compiling and publishing the list in a text format that's far easier on the eyes. Here is the known list of players and their respective positions, which numbers in excess of 200 so far: Bill Curry C Dermontti Dawson C Dwight StephensonC Jim Otto C Mick Tingelhoff C Albert Lewis CB Lem Barney CB Lester Hayes CB Mel Renfro CB Mike Haynes CB NightTrain Lane CB Roger Wehrli CB Terry McDaniel CB Tom Brookshier CB Willie Brown CB Chris Doleman DE Clyde Simmons DE Deacon Jones DE Dexter Manley DE Elvin Bethea DE Gino Marchetti DE Harvey Martin DE Jim Marshall DE Lee Roy Selmon DE Leonard Marshall DE Leslie O'Neal DE Reggie White DE Rulon Jones DE Tony Tolbert DE TooTall Jones DE Art Donovan DT Bob Lilly DT Dan Hampton DT Dan Saleaumua DT Dave Butz DT Greg Kragen DT Jerome Brown DT Keith Millard DT Leon Lett DT Marty Lyons DT Mike Golic DT Randy White DT William Perry DT Daryl Johnston FB Ickey Woods FB Merril Hoge FB Tom Rathman FB Cliff Harris FS Deron Cherry FS Eric Turner FS Eugene Robinson FS Leroy Butler FS Nolan Cromwell FS Ronnie Lott FS Solomon Wilcots FS Bill Fralic G Guy Mcintyre G Jesse Sapolu G Jim Langer G Larry Little G Randall Mcdaniel G Randy Cross G Russ Grimm G Stan Jones G Steve Wisniewski G Tom Mack G Abner Haynes HB Barry Foster HB Barry Sanders HB Billy Sims HB Charley Trippi HB Chris Warren HB Christian Okoye HB Chuck Foreman HB Chuck Muncie HB Curt Warner HB Dalton Hilliard HB Dave Meggett HB Earl Campbell HB Emmitt Smith HB Eric Bieniemy HB Floyd Little HB Freeman McNeil HB Gale Sayers HB Greg Bell HB Hugh McElhenny HB Joe Perry HB Lenny Moore HB Leroy Kelly HB Marcus Allen HB Matt Snell HB Mike Rozier HB Natrone Means HB O.J. Simpson HB Ottis Anderson HB Paul Hornung HB Reggie Cobb HB Ricky Watters HB Roger Craig HB Ronnie Bull HB Thurman Thomas HB Tony Canadeo HB Tony Nathan HB Walter Payton HB Brad Van Pelt ILB Brian Jones ILB Chris Spielman ILB Chuck Noll ILB D|ck Butkus ILB Gary Plummer ILB Harry Carson ILB Joe Schmidt ILB John Offerdahl ILB Mike Singletary ILB Nick Buoniconti ILB Pepper Johnson ILB Scott Studwell ILB Al Del Greco K Eddie Murray K Jan Stenerud K Jeff Jaeger K Jim Bakken K Lou Groza K Brian Bosworth OLB Bryce Paup OLB Carl Banks OLB Chuck Bednarik OLB Dave Wilcox OLB Derrick Thomas OLB Greg Lloyd OLB Jessie Tuggle OLB John Anderson OLB Karl Mecklenburg OLB Ken Norton Jr OLB Lamar Lathon OLB Otis Wilson OLB Robert Brazile OLB Ray Guy P Andre Ware QB Archie Manning QB Bart Starr QB Bernie Kosar QB Bill Wade QB Bobby Hebert QB Bubby Brister QB Dan Marino QB Dave Krieg QB Greg Landry QB Jeff Hostetler QB Jim Hart QB Joe Montana QB Joe Theismann QB John Brodie QB John Elway QB Johnny Unitas QB Ken O'Brien QB Ken Stabler QB Len Dawson QB Lynn D|ckey QB Mark Rypien QB Neil O'Donnell QB Otto Graham QB Roger Staubach QB Sammy Baugh QB Steve Bartkowski QB Steve Grogan QB Tommy Kramer QB Troy Aikman QB Warrren Moon QB Charlie Waters SS Dick Anderson SS Fred Marion SS George Mcafee SS Jack Tatum SS Joey Browner SS Willie Wood SS Anthony Munoz T Bob Brown T Bob St. Clair T Bubba Paris T Jim Lachey T Jim Parker T Joe Jacoby T Joe DeLamielleure T Korey Stringer T Lou Creekmur T Mike Munchak T Rayfield Wright T Richmond Webb T Ron Mix T Ron Yary T Roosevelt Brown T Tony Boselli T Ben Coates TE Billy Joe Dupree TE Brent Jones TE Dave Casper TE Eric Green TE Jackie Smith TE Jay Novacek TE John Mackey TE Keith Jackson TE Mike Ditka TE Pete Metzelaars TE Todd Christensen TE Troy Drayton TE Alvin Harper WR Andre Reed WR Anthony Carter WR Bobby Mitchell WR Charley Taylor WR Cliff Branch WR Dante Lavelli WR Don Maynard WR Drew Pearson WR Dwight Clark WR Eric Martin WR Ernest Givins WR Fred Biletnikoff WR Gary Clark WR Henry Ellard WR Herman Moore WR Irving Fryar WR James Lofton WR Jerry Rice WR John Jefferson WR John Taylor WR Mark Carrier WR Pete Pihos WR Raghib Ismail WR Raymond Berry WR Rick Upchurch WR Ricky Sanders WR Rob Moore WR Steve Tasker WR Tony Martin WR Wesley Walker WR Willie Gault WR Yancey Thigpen WR

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