Arian Foster and Marshawn Lynch Play Their Own Fathers in Hilarious Ad for Madden 25

Watch for the hair alone

EA Sports goes back to the future with this dumb-in-a-funny-way spot by ad agency Heat for Madden 25. In the '80s, we're told, two guys playing an early version of the football video game decided to spawn offspring whom they'd be able to use in the game somewhat. Thus were born current Houston Texans running back Arian Foster and Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch. (The fathers, "Darian Foster" and "Marshawn Lynch Sr.," are played, of course, by Foster and Lynch themselves.) It's a somewhat convoluted concept that comes across as well done, right on target for sports and video game obsessives, and a nice way to celebrate the Madden franchise's 25th anniversary—even if the kids' gym workouts are over the top in a way that feels a little like Old Spice's Terry Crews was their personal trainer. Credits after the jump.


Client: EA Sports' Madden 25

Agency: Heat

Creative Directors: Warren Cockrel, Anna Rowland

Senior Art Director: Mark Potoka

Senior Copywriter: Ben Salsky

Content Producer: Vera Kacurova

Account Director: Eddie Garabedian

Senior Strategist: Daniel Teng

Production Company: Hungry Man

Director: Wayne McClammy

Executive Producer: Dan Duffy

Line Producer: Rachel Curl

Post Company: Arcade Edit

Editor: Christjan Jordan

Executive Producer: Damian Stevens

Visual Effects Company: The Mill

Visual Effects Supervisor: John Leonti

Music Company: Beacon Street Studios

Composer: Andrew Feltenstein