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Madden ’13 will include ‘Tebowing’

Doug Farrar
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No, this is NOT "Tebowing." He's just putting on his shoes. (AP)

Forget the new schemes and routes, the advanced player modeling, and the always-impressive realism of the Madden game. The question you've all been asking has now officially been answered: Will we be able to "Tebow" as we're playing Madden '13, which will be released on August 28?

The answer, apparently, is an affirmative "yes." If you choose to celebrate a great play by getting on one knee as the Jets' quarterback does, you'll be able to do so in a virtual sense. Michael Young, the Creative Director and Sports Photographer for the Madden game franchise, let the cat out on Twitter:

@MYsportsPhotog

That's all well and good, but here's our question: Where are the other celebrations? Where's Steve Smith's little rowboat end zone thing, or Chad Ochocinco's Riverdance? Moreover, why doesn't the NFL have a problem with this, as paranoid as they are about their players expressing themselves no matter the circumstances?

What we do not know is if other players will be Tebowing in the game, or whether the gesture will be the sole province of the man himself. As the Denver Broncos' starting quarterback over the second half of the 2011 season, Tebow got to run that namesake move quite often as he helped the Broncos to an unexpected playoff win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The move then caught on across the country, in some truly bizarre ways.

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