‘Madden’ boosts Linval Joseph’s speed rating after ‘fat man touchdown’

October 12, 2018

The Minnesota Vikings’ 329-pound defensive tackle Linval Joseph scored a touchdown Sunday, which many football fans endearingly categorized as a “fat man touchdown.”

Joseph recovered a fumble and returned it 64 yards for a touchdown in the Vikings’ 23-21 win over the Philadelphia Eagles.

Everyone was surprised when Joseph turned on the jets and sprinted home. The makers of “Madden NFL 19” took notice, too: In a roster update this week, “Madden” changed Joseph’s speed rating from 68 (out of 100) to 80.

.@Vikings DT Linval Joseph now has 80 Speed...#DealWithIt #MaddenRatingsUpdate pic.twitter.com/SzxxOP6O1H #WeAreMadden (@EAMaddenNFL) October 11, 2018

“I’m not slow,” Joseph told reporters this week. “I know I might be big, but I’m really not slow. Even when I ran the 400 and 200 (meter relay in high school), I didn’t get first, but I didn’t get last. I always made points for our team. I like running. Running is fun.”

The play was Joseph’s first NFL touchdown since entering the league in 2010.

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