This is gonna be one hell of a thing if, come Sunday, he winds up on a practice squad somewhere.
Such is the fever surrounding Jarryd Hayne‘s presence in the NFL pre-season, that it’s now starting to reach a fever pitch.
Not only is the San Francisco 49ers official retail store struggling to keep his number 38 jersey on the shelves, to the point where Nike has been called in to prepare for mass production, but the former Eel has now found himself digitally immortalised.
Jarryd Hayne has officially been added to Madden ’16.
The iconic EA Sports gaming franchise today announced that Hayne has been added to the game’s Madden Ultimate Team mode – kind of like the gaming version of fantasy football – and will be available for users to add to their teams and trade as they see fit.
Now boarding the @49ers Hayne Plane! ??
— Madden Ultimate Team (@EASPORTS_MUT) September 2, 2015
@eainsider is excited to welcome @jarrydhayne38 to the #NFL. ???????? #EASPORTS are celebrating with a special #MaddenUltimateTeam item that’s available in-game now! #MaddenSeason #HaynePlane #MaddenUltimateTeamMysteryBox #Outnow
Hayne’s addition is as the Featured Player in the Madden Ultimate Team Mystery Box, and follows a virtually unprecedented push from fans to have him included in the game.
EA Sports confirmed the addition in a statement.
“EA SPORTS is excited to welcome Jarryd Hayne to the NFL. We’re celebrating the Aussie phenom, and self-professed Madden NFL fan, with a special Madden Ultimate Team item that’s available in-game right now.”
“Some lucky fans were able to add him to their team. Fans who want to get Hayne on their squad should keep an eye out for fans looking to trade him for another player, or check out the auction house to see if he’s available there.”
It’s worth noting that Hayne is not listed as a San Francisco player, however his in-game stats are respectable, particularly in areas of acceleration, carrying, and his juke move.
Say what you will about the media storm that’s followed him, but the bloke’s made the most out of 3 otherwise meaningless pre-season games.
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