NFL Pro Bowl Quarterback Donovan McNabb Takes Aim at the PlayStation®2 Computer Entertainment System as the Cover Athlete for NFL GameDay™ 2002

One of the NFL's Most Prolific Field Generals Joins the GameDay Tradition


Sony Computer Entertainment America announced today that the most prolific professional athlete to take to the quarterback position, Donovan McNabb, has been signed as the cover athlete for NFL GameDay™ 2002 from the 989 Sports™ development team. A lethal combination of explosive offensive abilities both on the ground and through the air, Donovan McNabb personifies the brand of high-flying, intense football action of NFL GameDay 2002.

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"Donovan McNabb exemplifies the tonality and competitive spirit of NFL GameDay 2002," said Kelly Ryan, director, sports product development. "He has the ability to step to the line of scrimmage and take over a game with his skill and sheer athletic ability. Whether he is scrambling out of the pocket and launching a touchdown pass or juking a defender to pick up a first down, like NFL GameDay 2002, Donovan McNabb is unadulterated excitement on the gridiron and we are proud to have him on the cover of NFL GameDay 2002."

Feared for his explosive offensive abilities on the ground and through the air, Donovan McNabb brings an unorthodox brand of creative playmaking and game-breaking skills to the field. While leading his team last year in passing and rushing yards, Donovan McNabb has in a brief time established himself as a player to be feared by opposing defenses and an NFL fan favorite. Hidden behind a Hollywood grin lies the world-class athletic ability that sets Donovan McNabb apart as one of the most athletic quarterbacks in professional football and a perfect model for NFL GameDay 2002's unparalleled football action.

Continuing the tradition of the PlayStation game console's original football franchise, NFL GameDay 2002 raises the bar this fall with intense football gameplay and exceptional NFL realism. NFL GameDay 2002 features a new, state-of-the-art animation engine and exclusive multiple player motion-capture technology, translating into the most powerful and realistic tackle sequences, drag downs and blocking animations. From the realistic graphics depicting players in amazing detail, to the array of on-field actions including gang tackles, "shoestring" catches, drag down tackles and shoves, NFL GameDay 2002 truly captures the intensity of the NFL.

The independent Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) rates NFL GameDay 2002 "RP" for "Rating Pending." For more information about the ESRB visit

989 Sports is the sports software brand of Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. Known for its top-selling sports franchise titles such as NFL GameDay™, MLB™, NBA ShootOut, NHL FaceOff™, NCAA® Final Four® and NCAA® GameBreaker™, 989 Sports is committed to developing authentic and innovative sports games to appeal to both the professional athlete and hard-core sports videogame fan.

Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. continues to redefine the entertainment lifestyle with its PlayStation® game console and the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system. The PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system is set to revolutionize the home entertainment market, offering the most compelling interactive content and the capability to be used as a network terminal in the coming broadband era.

Recognized as the undisputed industry leader, Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. markets the PlayStation game console and develops, publishes, markets and distributes software for the PlayStation game console and the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system for the North American market. Based in Foster City, Calif., Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. serves as headquarters for all North American operations and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.



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