Tecmo Super Bowl
While we're on the subject of pigskins, I just thought I'd direct your attention to what is, in my opinion, the greatest football game of all time: Tecmo Super Bowl for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). It's been close to 15 years since it originally came out, and it's still a blast to play. (After a trip back home, though, it's clear my dad and brother still need some practice.) :-p Below are links to pages with emulators and the game file so you too can share in the awesomeness of this 8-bit wonder.
Download Tecmo Super Bowl (211 kb)
Download FCE Ultra (Win95/98, 152 kb)
"Tecmo Super Bowl. There is perhaps no other sports game which was played and loved by so many in its heyday. It struck the perfect balance between realistic football simulation and high-tempo, engaging gameplay. Tecmo pushed the boundaries of sports video games by allowing for the first time full-season play with complete stat-tracking, changing player conditions, and even injuries. The result was a game that would define the shape of sports games to come, and that would engender a passionate following that continues to this day, nearly a decade and a half later." - Sports Planet