EA Sports’ “Madden NFL 24” features a unique version of New England Patriots head coach, Bill Belichick.
As fans may be aware, EA Sports is unable to use Belichick’s likeness in their video games due to their agreement with the National Football League Coaches Association (NFCLA), which excludes Belichick as an active NFL coach. Belichick is the only active coach not in the NFCLA.
To comply with this limitation, EA Sports has named a fictional character called “Peter Gaffney” as the Patriots’ head coach in the game.
See the Pats new coach below:
BILL BELICHICK IN MADDEN 24 pic.twitter.com/G55W4YGRV9
— RBT (@SamuelBrownRBT) August 15, 2023
However, Gaffney bears no resemblance to the six-time Super Bowl-winning coach.
If you are unfamiliar with Belichick’s appearance, you can find a recent picture of him addressing the media below.
Bill Belichick is asked if Mac Jones will start on Thursday: “Yeah, I don’t know.” pic.twitter.com/ibKWieWktL
— Phil Perry (@PhilAPerry) August 8, 2023
Despite the lack of similarity between Gaffney and Belichick, EA Sports should be commended for adhering to the rules by not using his name or likeness.
Belichick, who is 71 years old, is entering his 24th season as the Patriots’ head coach with an impressive record of 262-108-0.
He has guided the team to nine AFC Championship victories and six Super Bowl triumphs.
Can’t wait for Mac Jones and Peter Gaffney to lead us to 6 more Super Bowl championships
— Robbie Hyde (@gingersnaphyde) August 15, 2023
The Patriots will kick off their 2023 regular season on September 10 with a home game against the defending NFC Champion Philadelphia Eagles.
They should have some fun with it ? pic.twitter.com/kt5YhQvFn4
— Boston ?? Mike (Double D-Pop fan) (@boston_sp0rts20) August 15, 2023
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