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Auburn Football: The Tigers of Tecmo Super Bowl

Josh DowdyCorrespondent IIFebruary 22, 2013

Auburn Football: The Tigers of Tecmo Super Bowl

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    Bo Jackson, who won a Heisman Trophy at Auburn in 1985, is a candidate for the ESPN Sport Science Greatest Athlete of All Time. A hip injury ended Jackson's career prematurely, but his superhuman athleticism is immortalized in the 1991 Nintendo classic, Tecmo Super Bowl.

    The incredible speed of "Tecmo Bo"—well documented on YouTube—was one of the game's many quirks and contributed to the sustained popularity of Tecmo Super Bowl.

    Perhaps you know Bo, but do you know the other 15 former Auburn Tigers featured on Tecmo Super Bowl? In this slideshow we will review the entire roster of Tecmo Tigers.

Tracy Rocker

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    Auburn

    Tracy Rocker played on some of the greatest Auburn defenses in school history and earned numerous distinctions as a defensive tackle. The two-time All American won both the Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award in 1988. Rocker made 354 total tackles with 21 sacks in his Auburn career.

    NFL

    Rocker's NFL career—at least as a player—was brief. He was a Washington Redskin in 1989 and 1990. Rocker's career in Washington was just long enough to get him onto Tecmo Super Bowl. The Tecmo rosters were based on NFL rosters from 1990.

    Rocker's coaching career includes work at Arkansas, Ole Miss, and his alma mater. He is presently the defensive line coach for the Tennessee Titans.

    Tecmo

    Rocker's Tecmo ratings are average for a good linebacker. He is solid, but not spectacular. Playing with Rocker would, of course, be more fun for Auburn fans if he was the dominant player that he was as a Tiger; but Tecmo imitates the NFL, not the SEC.

James Brooks

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    Auburn

    James Brooks was a remarkable running back during an unremarkable time for Auburn Football (1977-1980). Brooks led the Tigers in rushing in 1980 with 1,314 yards on 261 carries. Brooks was also an accomplished punt and kickoff returner. He is Auburn's all-time leader in all-purpose yards with 5,596.

    NFL

    Brooks spent most of his NFL career with the Cincinnati Bengals, and as a Bengal he made the Pro Bowl four times. His most productive season was 1986, when he rushed for 1,087 yards and also had 686 yards receiving.

    Tecmo

    Tecmo rates Brooks' maximum speed at 56, which is better than average, and Brooks feels a little quicker than that when playing the game. He is a smooth runner with clean jukes. The combination of Brooks with Icky Woods gives the Bengals a solid running game.

Kevin Greene

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    Auburn

    Kevin Greene has the distinction of being cut as a walk on to Pat Dye's team in the early eighties. Greene tried out again and, of course, made the team, an accomplishment with dire consequences to countless quarterbacks. Greene made 11 sacks for the Tigers in 1984, and he was just getting started.

    NFL

    Greene played 15 season in the NFL and recorded 160 sacks in his professional career. He made 37 tackles and 14.5 sacks in 1996 on his way to winning Defensive Player of the Year. Greene made 12 sacks in his final NFL season, 1999.

    Greene currently coaches outside linebackers for the Green Bay Packers.

    Tecmo

    Tecmo Greene's maximum speed of 56 and hitting power of 69 provide an accurate reflection of Greene's ability to get to the quarterback.

    On Tecmo, Greene plays the low-side, outside linebacker, which is a lesser desirable position to some Tecmoers, but he has ample speed to cover the field.

    Excluding the upper echelon of Lawrence Taylor, Derrick Thomas, and Mike Singletary, Greene is as good as any linebacker in the game.

Alexander Wright

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    Auburn

    Alexander Wright played for the Tigers from 1986-1989 and ranks 14th all-time in receiving yardage with 1,320 yards on 56 catches. Wright's senior season ranks him second all-time at Auburn with regards to most yards per reception in a single season: 714 yards on 30 catches for an average of 23.80.

    Wright's banner day statistically was the 1989 season opener against Pacific. He caught five passes for 263 yards and four touchdowns (Tecmo numbers, one might say). My favorite Wright memory, however, is this catch from his last regular season game as an Auburn Tiger.

    NFL

    Wright's NFL career covered seven seasons, during which he was a Cowboy, a Raider, and finally, a St. Louis Ram. Wright never really had a break out season in the NFL. His career peaked in 1993 when he made 27 catches for 462 yards with the Raiders.

    In 2008 Wright founded Alexander Wright Ministries.

    Tecmo

    One can easily overlook Wright on Tecmo. He is on the Cowboys' bench behind starters Kelvin Martin and Michael Irvin.

    Being unfamiliar with Tecmo Wright's abilities, I decided to run a brief experiment. I targeted Wright three times: one covered incompletion; one hot-route, jumping completion; one diving, coverage catch for a touchdown. War Eagle.

Chris Martin

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    Auburn

    Chris Martin led Auburn in 1980 with 124 total tackles and ranks 6th all-time for the Tigers with 374 career tackles.

    NFL

    Martin played 12 seasons in the NFL; for the Saints, Chiefs, Vikings, and Rams. He accumulated 20.5 sacks. Against Miami on October 13, 1991 Martin returned a fumble 100 yards for a touchdown.

    Tecmo

    Martin is overshadowed on a linebacker squad that features Derrick Thomas, but his hitting power and quickness make him a solid player.

Steve Wallace

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    Auburn

    As an offensive tackle Steve Wallace blocked for the ultimate Tecmo Tiger, Bo Jackson, his entire collegiate career, including 1985, when Bo won the Heisman, and Wallace was selected All-SEC.

    NFL

    Wallace played for San Francisco from 1986-1996 and has more Super Bowl rings than any other former Tiger (XXIII, XXIV, XXIX).

    Tecmo

    In some regard, little can be said about Tecmo Wallace because he plays on the offensive line. On the other hand, his hitting power of 63 and that he blocks for Joe Montana says enough.

Gerald Williams

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    Auburn

    Gerald Williams was selected All-SEC at defensive tackle in 1985. Against Southern Miss in '85 Williams made 12 tackles, including four tackles for loss.

    NFL

    Williams played 12 seasons in the NFL, racking up 25.5 sacks.

    Tecmo

    Generally, the use of down linemen is prohibited for tournaments and online play in the Tecmo community. Nonetheless, Williams is a top-tier defensive lineman who can fight off a block pretty quick. He factors into both pass rush and run defense even when not selected pre-snap.

Brent Fullwood

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    Auburn

    Brent Fullwood had an incredible career as a Tiger. His place in memory will always be skewed because he played in the same backfield as Bo Jackson. Fullwood ranks seventh in school history for both career rushing yards and career all-purpose yards.

    When Fullwood got the chance to step out of Bo's shadow in 1986, he took advantage, rushing for 1,391 yards.

    NFL

    Fullwood played four season for the Green Bay Packers, totaling 1,702 yards on 433 carries.

    Tecmo

    Tecmo Fullwood is on the bench. Putting him in the game one finds him to be disappointingly slow. Fullwood is like Tecmo Tracy Rocker in this regard—his Tecmo likeness reflects his record in the NFL rather than the ability he displayed at Auburn.

Doug Smith

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    Auburn

    Doug Smith was an All-SEC defensive tackle at Auburn in 1982 and 1983.

    NFL

    Smith played eight seasons for the Houston Oilers and made a total of 14 sacks. He intercepted a pass in 1988, which he returned 20 yards.

    Tecmo

    Smith is only a little above average for down linemen. He is certainly good enough to fight off a block and make a play

Tommie Agee

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    Auburn

    Tommie Agee ranks 19th all-time in career rushing yardage for Auburn. His bigger contribution, however, was his blocking as a fullback for both Bo Jackson and Brent Fullwood. Agee made 22 knockdown blocks in support of Jackson's 290-yard game against Southwestern Louisiana in 1985.

    NFL

    Agee began his professional career in Seattle and then played one season for the Chiefs before his five seasons as a Cowboy. While playing for Dallas, Agee earned two Super Bowl Rings. He finished his career in 1994 with 309 yards rushing and 366 yards receiving.

    Tecmo

    Tecmo Agee's maximum speed is 25 (by comparison, James Brooks' is 56; Bo's is 75!). It really shows. Agee is good for a yard or two up the middle when the defense is really looking for an Emmit Smith run to the outside or a pass; but, that is all.

Brian Smith

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    Auburn

    Brian Smith played on the great Auburn defenses of the late eighties. For his performance in a 20-10 win over Georgia in 1988 Smith was named SEC Defensive Player of the Week.

    NFL

    Smith played two seasons for the Los Angeles Rams. Though primarily a linebacker at Auburn, Smith filled in a lack of depth on the Rams' defensive line late in the 1989 season, and that is where he lines up in Tecmo Super Bowl.

    Tecmo

    Smith has decent speed for a down lineman. He plays for a team not known for defensive fortitude.

Ed West

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    Auburn

    Ed West led Auburn with 16 receptions in 1983.

    NFL

    West played 14 seasons in the NFL; 11 with Green Bay. He finished his career with 2,665 yards receiving on 237 catches.

    Tecmo

    West's rushing power of 69 really shows up after a catch.

Walter Reeves

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    Auburn

    Walter Reeves was an All-American tight end in 1988.

    NFL

    Reeves played eight seasons in the NFL, mostly with the Cardinals. He finished his career in 1996 with 347 yards on 55 catches.

    Tecmo

    The tight end generally does not play a big role on Tecmo. Reeves has still fewer chances to shine because he plays for a weak team. I did throw a few passes to Reeves recently and completed a corner route to him that is a lower-percentage pass.

Kevin Porter

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    Auburn

    Kevin Porter was an All-SEC cornerback at Auburn in 1987.

    NFL

    Porter played six seasons in the NFL; five with Kansas City. He finished his career with 1.5 sacks and 1 interception, which he returned 13 yards.

    Tecmo

    Porter has good but not great  speed. His interceptions rating is 38, but he seems to pick off passes more frequently that that rating indicates. Porter is an OK selection for run defense whenever one wants to leave Derrick Thomas to his own devices.

Al Del Greco

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    Auburn

    Al Del Greco kicked for Auburn from 1980-1983 and is tied for fifth most field goals made with 42. He ranks sixth in scoring with 236 points. He holds the Auburn record for most field goals in a game – six against Kentucky in 1982.

    Del Greco made three field goals in the 1984 Sugar Bowl, lifting Auburn to a 9-7 win over Michigan.

    NFL

    Del Greco enjoyed a 17-year NFL career over which he made 77.3% of his field goal attempts. His career long field goal was 56 yards, and prior to 1991 he made only one kick longer than 50 yards, a 51-yarder. The Tecmo programmers seem to have taken note.

    Tecmo

    Del Greco is not one of the higher-rated Tecmo kickers, neither in regards to accuracy nor range. This discrepancy between Del Greco's career numbers and his Tecmo ability is not a misrepresentation. The fact is Del Greco's seasons after the release of Tecmo Super Bowl are markedly the more successful half of his career.

    Conclusion

    There they are—the Auburn Tigers of Tecmo Super Bowl. If I somehow left someone out, please comment.

    Bo stands alone in his Tecmo prowess, but he is by no means the lone Tecmo Tiger.

    Josh Dowdy is a contributor to Bleacher Report and the author of  Orange Is Our Color: The Tuberville Years through Navy-tinted Glasses.

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