NFL Players Arrive at the Madden Bowl XVIII Tournament

Claudine Zap
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Tim Tebow arrives at the Madden Bowl
Tim Tebow arrives at the Madden Bowl

Before the Giants and Patriots square off at the Super Bowl, the best gamers took to the virtual field in the football video game Madden NFL 12.

On Thursday night, some of the best in the NFL got to relive the excitement of being on the field from the comfort of the Bud Light Hotel couches.

Arriving on the EA Sports Madden Bowl's blue carpet were a number of NFL stars, including Denver Broncos QB Tim Tebow, who predicted the Patriots will win, adding that it is hard to go against Tom Brady.

Meanwhile, Arizona Cardinals running back Beanie Wells came in on crutches. Tampa Bay Buccaneers tackle Gerald McCoy was flashing a diamond bracelet.

McCoy, who flirted with Madonna at an earlier press conference, is not the only one who likes the singer. Deion Sanders, the football and baseball superstar, was asked what he thought of Madonna as the half-time performer at the Super Bowl and gushed, "I love Madonna!"

Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy showed up and revealed his Hollywood crush is Ciara.

College stars Justin Blackmon and LaMichael James, likely picks in this spring's NFL draft, were also in attendance, as was retired football player Warren Sapp. And actor Kyle Massey arrived with brother Christopher, who was decked out in Super Bowl gear and also championing a Patriots win.

This year's Madden Bowl XVIII Tournament features four teams that competed three on three. The NFL competitors showed their mad video gaming skills when they faced off on Madden NFL 12. 

This is just the warmup. Be sure to check out Yahoo! for the full Super Bowl party lineup, including the Playboy party onFebruary 3 and a Bud Light hotel concert featuring Pitbull, 50 Cent, and Lil Jon that will stream on Yahoo! Saturday night starting at 7 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET. This February, Yahoo! will also be bringing you full event coverage of the Oscars and the Grammys..