They’ve gone through the attacking bird drill, the rotating treadmill drill and the goal post resistance training drill. Finally on Sunday, the world have a definitive answer to the question of who is the better real-life version of Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson’s “Madden” characters.
Yes, in addition to being an important divisional showdown between two of the toughest defenses in football, Sunday night’s game between the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers will be a showcase for Kaepernick and Wilson, two of the spokesmen for “Madden 25.”
In case you missed it, the minute-long commercial for “Madden 25” is about a chance meeting between the two star quarterbacks when they were just youngsters at summer camp. An epic “Madden” all-nighter sparks a series of increasingly elaborate training exercises, all designed to get them prepped for the NFL where they’ll be able to “beat each other, with each other” in a rematch. Obviously, it’s hilarious.
A new video posted to YouTube on Tuesday featured Wilson telling Kaepernick that “whoever loses has to shave an eyebrow.” Kaepernick agrees and they shake hands, making the wager official. The spot’s card teases people to log onto EASports.com/Madden to “See who loses an eyebrow after Sunday’s game.”
Reporters gathered for Wilson’s week 2 press conference couldn’t resist asking him about the bet.
“Just a commercial, just having fun. It’s not real,” he answered to America’s chagrin. Personally, I’d bet an eyebrow that somewhere, two chummy Seahawks and 49ers fans have the same wager and are willing to follow through.
In any event, Wilson responded to several questions about Kaepernick at his press conference with typical magnanimity.
“He’s a great person,” Wilson answered when asked about Kaepernick. “Obviously, he’s very, very dedicated to what he does, you like him for that for sure.”
When asked about their similarities, Wilson responded with a smile. “Well, he’s a lot taller than me. He’s pretty fast too. Obviously, we have a lot of similar abilities in terms of running the ball and throwing the football and everything, making things happen. He’s more of a long-strider than me. I’m more of a quick guy, trying to avoid people.”
Finally, when Wilson was queried about what he specifically admired about Kaepernick’s game, he responded “[Kaepernick] has great composure, he makes plays when he needs to and it doesn’t seem like he shies away from big games, so you respect that as a quarterback. It’s not easy playing in the National Football League, so whenever you see a guy that makes things happen the way he makes things happen, you have a lot of respect for him.”
Sounds like Wilson may have a new second-favorite player in "Madden"this year.