The reason is in the caption..."beyond most user's knowledge"....how many users know players beyond 20yrs? NOT many.
I don't even see Dez Bryant, Jason Witten, Brian Orakpo...etc... They just came out with a 3rd card for Jalen Ramsey when he's a top corner today.
I"m 41 and as great as it is to see John Elway ( where Troy Aikman ), I rather focus on current players more.
Because no one wants those guys!
Dez sucks, sorry but it's true and we have 20 other players with the same build and style as him that people actually want!
Whitten is easy, he ruined his chances of Mut cards this year by being one of the most annoying and stupid announcers ever in football.
Elway is still in the game of football so of course EA gonna use him. Broncos fans love the fact they can use their GM as a QB, I don't blame either cause that's actually really cool! In that respect where the EFF is John Lynch?????
So I think it's unavoidable because legends sell packs and the legends were by definition great players so their cards can't be trash but I agree with some of the sentiment from the OP. I feel like for a large portion of the MUT year the best team is all legends and current star players are more irrelevant. I don't lose sleep over it and it's fine but I do feel like the OP every now and again.
Under the premise with which you author this then John Madden who last coached in the NFL in 1978 also should NOT be in the game nor should his name be attributed to the very title of the video game. Honestly, I do not find it well thought out, rather it is fundementaly flawed by a relatavistically based error. That somehow only the current state of the NFL or it's player personnel are of any value. That history is therefore, irrelavant. Secondly it fails to educate Madden Video players with a working knowledge of the history of the game. Legacy is as big a part of the game today as any faction of the games or sports in general......that is why records are kept, archived and broken.
Me, I prefer present day players on my team, that being said, if I wished to rather have an historic team I could do that as well or otherwise. One in fact could compile duel serving themed teams in their binders or as many do here mix them. The game already provides, and quite well done, both or all three venues. Current, historic or a rich mix.
I could not disagree with your post more.
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Life long N.Y. Giants and San Diego Chargers fan grew up in MA. Having also spent 25 years living in N.H. Have been playing Madden since Madden 97 which my son's introduced me to giving me the PC version.