Madden NFL 13 Alumni Skills Challenge: Date, Start Time, TV Info and Players

Ian HanfordFeatured ColumnistNovember 5, 2012

Nov 1, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; NFL Network analyst Michael Irvin before a game between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

If you missed the NFL heydays of guys like Michael Irvin, Jerry Rice and John Randle, you still have a chance to catch them in action.

Of course, it won't be on an NFL field, but they will be playing football. The Madden NFL 13 Skills Challenge presents a fun opportunity for these former stars to get back on the gridiron and for fans to watch them do it.

These guys won't be the only ones out there testing their skills. Former quarterbacks Doug Flutie, Brett Favre and others will be testing their passing skills. Receivers like Jerry Rice and Michael Irvin will be showing off their hands, and defensive players will try to show that they're still tough enough. also notes that "Fans can use the Skills Challenge make a difference, as every tweet during the broadcast using the hashtag #Madden13Skills will lead to an automatic $1 donation to the Bears Care, the charitable beneficiary of the Chicago Bears (up to $100,000)." Adding a charitable cause to this event makes it even better.

The event has also inspired EA Sports. According to the report, "to celebrate the Skills Challenge GameStop is offering a $10 discount on Madden NFL 13 for one week only (November 3 - 13)." 


Where: Grant Park, Chicago

When: Tuesday, November 6 at 9 p.m. ET


*Program will re-air on Wednesday, November 7 at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN

Notable Offensive Players: Brett Favre, Doug Flutie, Mark Brunell, Warren Moon, Michael Irvin, Jerry Rice, Marcus Allen and Chris Carter among others

Notable Defensive Players: Deion Sanders, John Randle and Jevon Kearse among others  




Players to Watch

John Randle

This Hall of Fame defensive tackle is going to put on a show. If you want to see an impressive showing of strength, this is your guy.

The seven-time Pro Bowl player is an animal. You can even hear it in the trailer for the challenge as he pushes a sled down the field. He hasn't been in the league since his final year with the Seahawks in 2003, but he's obviously kept himself in shape.

Randle was always a player who got by on intensity and strength. He was a menace on the Vikings' interior line for a decade, and it will be exciting to see him back on the field here.


Brett Favre

It's going to be nice to see Favre on the field in a drama-free setting, or at least I assume that it will be.

The legendary quarterback ended his NFL career shrouded in controversy. His iconic legacy was slightly tainted by sticking around for too long and making a fool out of himself along the way.

Even so, few players were more exciting in their prime than Favre. His gunslinger's mentality in the pocket created its share of problems, but it also made him a consistent threat to make a breathtaking play.

Favre has taken himself out of the spotlight since leaving the NFL, but it will be fun to see him participate here. Assuming that he's thrown a few balls during his current tenure as a high school football coach, it's safe to assume that he will compete well in all throwing events.