NFL Gaming: Chris Kluwe and the 5 Biggest Video Gamers
Video games have come a long way since the days of the old Atari you'd hook up to play your neighborhood friend in a game of pong after school.
The video game industry has been a part of mainstream entertainment for some time now, becoming a staple hobby for many young adults. Some of those young adults, or adults who just continue to feel young, happen to be NFL players as well.
Here is the list of the top five video gamers in all of the National Football League.
Chad Ochocinco, New England Patriots
It's been a tough year on the field for the wide receiver formerly known as Chad Johnson. But like many other members of the American work force, Ochocinco likes to come back from a hard day at work and play some good old-fashioned Xbox 360.
It was well publicized in 2009, when Ocho was first taking his gaming talents to Xbox Live, that he ended up tweeting his gamer tag to his millions of Twitter followers, which was probably retweeted a few thousand times. The tweet read:
"Estaban 85 is my gamer tag! Estaban 85, retweet to the world so I can take over madden like pinky and the brain."
I myself have yet to play Madden against the New England Patriots wide receiver, but for his sake I hope Ochocinco is having a better year in the gamer world than he is at his profession.
Vince Young, Philadelphia Eagles
Vince Young, the Philadelphia Eagles' probable starting quarterback for Week 11, is also quite the Madden player himself.
In a 2008 Associated Press article, Young explained how he's been playing the Madden franchise of games since he was old enough to hold a controller.
The 2007 cover boy for the game admitted in the interview that during his time as a Madden gamer he's "lost a lot of money, broke a lot of controllers, probably broke a PlayStation 2."
VY has had to take time to learn his new team in the real world and probably how to run the Eagle offense in the newest installment in Madden as well.
Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguar's running back Maurice Jones-Drew hasn't publicly stated his love for video game console-playing per say, but he has made it well know that he is a member of the ever-growing population of fantasy football players.
When he's not out on the gridiron bulldozing over linebackers half his size, Jones-Drew is talking fantasy football on his Sirius XM Radio show "Runnin' With MJD."
The Jaguars' back has become not only one of the premier rushers to have on your own fantasy team, but he's become an analyst of a phenomenon that aggravates most professional players.
Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys
Not only is Dez Bryant one of the Dallas Cowboys' most explosive offensive weapons, but he's also one of the better known gamers in the NFL.
Bryant constantly throws out challenges to his buddies and sometimes open challenges to his Twitter followers in games like Madden, Call of Duty and other popular titles.
Not only does the Oklahoma State alum throw out challenges, he trash talks constantly via his Twitter account, believing himself to be quite the formidable opponent in any online game he plays.
In fact, after the Cowboys big statement win against the Buffalo Bills last Sunday, Bryant let his followers know how he chose to celebrate the win by tweeting, "Just waking up from a great after game nap playin MW3 wit my homies."
See, Bryant is just like you and me... except he can jump over a defensive back and pull in a bomb from Tony Romo in real life, where as the rest of us just try to perfect our ability to do that in Madden.
Chris Kluwe, Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings' punter Chris Kluwe may not be the most high-profile NFL player on this list, but he may just be the biggest gamer.
Just take a look at his Twitter account: His handle isn't @ChrisKluwe or @VikesKluwe or something like that, it's @ChrisWarcraft. He dedicated his Twitter handle and voiced his love of World of Warcraft to the entire Twitterverse. Now that's a gamer.
At many autograph signings and giveaway promotions that Kluwe takes part in, such as the Vikings ticket giveaway at the Mall of America, fans bring the punter some very interesting things to sign.
Anywhere from World of Warcraft games, Doctor Who Blu-Ray discs and various Vikings memorabilia, you name it and Kluwe has signed it. His fans aren't simply from the Minnesota football fanbase, they're also just some fellow geeks that want to meet their highly entertaining Twitter leader.