Jerry Rice receiving for Dog Football

NFL Hall of Fame wide receiver signs on to be commissioner of Pet Sports League series; franchise kicks off this spring on Wii.

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Despite being dubbed the greatest player in NFL history by no less an authority than the league itself, Jerry Rice has had a dog of a career as a video game pitchman. While his quarterback counterpart Joe Montana fronted a litter of successful Sega football games, the only bone Rice has been thrown was as cover costar for 2K Sports' All-Pro Football 2K8, an underwhelming gridiron game despite the developer's notable pedigree.

In this game, every play is a flea-flicker.

The Hall of Fame receiver will make his return to games this spring, as developer Judo Baby chose this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to unveil Jerry Rice and Nitus' Dog Football for the Wii. The studio has named Rice as the new commissioner of its Pet Sports League, a new franchise of titles that will see the retired NFLer "guide future development in accordance with authentic sports rules and practices." It is unclear what responsibilities will be given to Nitus, Rice's dog.

Jerry Rice and Nitus' Dog Football offers gamers eight-on-eight football action, with human quarterbacks serving as field generals and game managers for a squad of seven canine teammates. It's not as simple as a game of fetch, as players must direct their doggie receivers around obstacles in a dozen different themed playfields, including hills and streams.

Players will be able to choose from 14 different playable quarterbacks and 20 dog breeds, including golden retrievers, boxers, Scottish terriers, and poodles. They will also be able to customize their team as they see fit, outfitting them with various uniforms, hats, and shoes.

Discussion

20 comments
lobert124
lobert124

this idea is just.....I can't even think of a word for this

boobush
boobush

Michael Vick is the waterboy! XD

Marky360
Marky360

And let the Michael Vick jokes roll

grungeman91
grungeman91

At least it's not called Michael Vick's 10-yard Rottweiler Fight

smoke_dog_4ever
smoke_dog_4ever

Better Jerry Rice than Michael Vick.... har har har :)

robfield
robfield

@Polybren Yes, that was pretty painful, but did you have to add, "Jerry Rice has had a dog of a career as a video game pitchman"? That line must have really hurt. I guess that lawsuit by retired players against the NFL didn't go over so well.

Apastron
Apastron

No idea who Jerry Rice is but if he is the greatest American Football Player to have ever lived, I think his reputation is taking a bit of bruising. Can't he get his own reality TV show or something?

Flint247
Flint247

Dogs rock, but this idea... o.o

XanderMercury
XanderMercury

First off, did they really have to throw four dog puns into the first paragraph? How desperate was this writer for a laugh? Second, this is a horrible idea. Football and dogs do not mix...(I will leave you to make your own Michael Vick joke, because I see no reason to)

Freezezzy
Freezezzy

Good grief. Another awesome exclusive* for Wii. Yay. (*I'm assuming as much, since there was no mention of 360 or PS3 in this article)

stncldrwg
stncldrwg

Worst... game idea... EVER!!

blackace
blackace

Jerry Rice is going to the dogs. lol!! I couldn't resist. Well, I have no plans at all of getting this game or even playing the demo. I hope Jerry got paid a sizable amount of money up front. This game will be lucky to sell even 100K. Dogs playing football? Are they serious? Uhhgg....

Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

That's a proverbial plethora of pet-related puns.

townsenda1
townsenda1

I hope this works for you Jerry but with the Dancing with the Stars thing and now this, I'm just not sure.

mission76
mission76

Jerry Rice is a true legend of the game and a gentleman....I will give him a pass on this one

Polybren
Polybren

I hope that was as painful to read as it was to write.