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     |ESPN NFL Football FAQ                   |
     |For the Playstation 2                   |
     |By: W. Dixon (wayneistheduke@yahoo.com) |
     |Version 1.2                             |
     |11/26/2004                              |
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    |Table of Contents|
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    1. Legal Information
    2. Version History
    3. Introduction
    4. Controls
    5. The Main Menu Breakdown
    6. The Game Modes
       6A. Franchise
       6B. Season
       6C. Tournament
       6D. Situation
       6E. Online
    7. The Crib
    8. The Breaking Down of the Teams in ESPN NFL Football
    9. The Milestones & How to Accomplish Them
    10. The Beauty of the Game - First Person Football
    11. The Bulk of the Game - Establishing a Dynasty
    12. Tips for the Game
    13. Giving Credit Where It's Due
    14. Final Words
    
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    | 1. Legal Information |
    \======================/
    
    This FAQ is the sole property of W. Dixon.  This FAQ is not to be used
    for any selfish ambitions (money, glory, etc.).  This FAQ will only be
    found on GameFAQs (www.gamefaqs.com) and where I see fit when I update.
    
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    | 2. Version History |
    \====================/
    
    -Version 1.2 11/26/2004
    
    Had to update my e-mail address information.  Hope you all enjoyed your
    holidays since my last update.
    
    
    - Version 1.1 1/19/2004
    
    Decided to write an FAQ for ESPN NFL Football.  So, nothing major at this time.
    
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    | 3. Introduction |
    \=================/
    
    Welcome to W. Dixon's FAQ on ESPN NFL Football.  This is my second FAQ for a
    sports title and the Playstation 2 and my fourth guide in general.  Been out of
    the FAQ writing game for a while, so what better way to get back in the game
    than by writing an FAQ on an awesome game such as ESPN NFL Football?  So let's
    get started, shall we?
    
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    | 4. Controls |
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    ESPN NFL Football has a ton of controls for different situations of the game.
    
    For the Main Menu:
    
    - Left Analog Stick (hereafter known as L.A.S.) or Directional Pad (hereafter
    known as D.P.): Highlights an option and can increase or decrease an option
    (where avaliable); Changes User Name
    - X Button: Moves forward on the Menu Screen
    - Circle Button: Decreases an option (where available) and brings up Team
    Options (at the Team Select screen)
    - Triangle Button: Go back 1 screen
    - R2 & R1 Buttons: Cycles forward through options
    - L2 & L1 Buttons: Cycles forward through options
    - Start Button: Advances 1 screen
    - Select Button: Activates Maxim Passing & Player Card
    
    
    For when you're on the Gridiron and in the Huddle:
    
    Selecting the Formation on Offense or Defense:
    
    - L.A.S. or D.P.: Up/Down - Change formations; Left/Right - Change the
    placement of receivers
    - X Button: Selects formation
    - Circle Button: Substitute your wide receivers (only on offense)
    - Square Button: Substitute your running backs (only on offense)
    - Triangle Button: Switches between the Formation and Package screens (only on
    offense)
    - R2 Button: Flips the formations
    - L2 Button: Brings up the Help Menu
    - L1 Button: The Coach's Pick for formation
    - Select Button: Call a timeout
    
    Selecting the Play or Package on Offense or Defense:
    
    - L.A.S. or D.P.: Up/Down - Cycle through plays or packages
    - X Button: Select the desired play or package
    - Circle Button: Select the desired play or package
    - Square Button: Select the desired play or package
    - Triangle Button: Returns to the Formations Select Screen
    - R2 Button: Flip the play or package
    - L2 Button: Brings up the Help Menu
    - L1 Button: The Coach's Pick for the play or package
    - Select Button: Call a timeout
    
    
    For when you're on the Gridiron, approaching the Line of Scrimmage, and on
    Offense:
    
    - L.A.S. or D.P.: Up/Down - Select a player; Left/Right - Make player go in
    motion
    - X Button: Hurry up to the Line; Snap the football
    - Circle Button: Perform a hard count
    - Triangle Button: Show or hide the Audible Menu
    - R1 Button: View all the players and their fatigue levels (only when held)
    - L1 Button: View all the players and their routes (only when held)
    - Select Button: Call a timeout
    - Right Analog Stick (hereafter known as R.A.S.) & L1, X, Square, Triangle, or
    Circle Buttons: Call 1 of 8 Hot Routes for a receiver
    
    For when you're at the Line of Scrimmage and you want to call an audible on
    Offense:
    
    - L.A.S. or D.P.: Left/Right - Cycle through audibles
    - X, Circle, or Square Buttons: Selects respected audible for that button
    - Triangle Button: Hide Audible Menu
    - R2 Button: Flip the play
    - L2 Button: Return to the original play
    - Select Button: Call a timeout
    - R3 Button: Flip the routes
    
    
    For when you're on the Gridiron, the ball has been snapped, and on Offense:
    
    For the Quarterback (passing plays):
    
    - L.A.S. or D.P.: Move the Quarterback
    - X, Circle, Square, Triangle, or L1 Buttons: Throw the ball to respected
    player for that button
    - R2 Button: Throw the ball away
    - L2 Button: Pump fake
    - R1 Button: Scramble with the Quarterback (only when held)
    
    For the Ballcarrier:
    
    - L.A.S. or D.P.: Move the ballcarrier
    - X Button: Tap for speed bursts; Hold to charge up for a power move
    - Circle Button: Perform a spin move
    - Square Button: Perform a dive; when the Quarterback, perform a slide
    - Triangle Button: Perform a shoulder charge
    - R2 Button: Juke to the right
    - L2 Button: Juke to the left
    - R1 Button: Perform a stiff-arm with the right arm
    - L1 Button: Perform a stiff-arm with the left arm
    - L1 + R1 Buttons: Perform a lateral
    - R.A.S.: Up - Perform a stutter-step; Down - Stop short; Left - Juke to the
    left; Right - Juke to the right
    - R1 + X Buttons: Pitch the ball (only for Option plays)
    
    For the Non-Ballcarrier:
    
    - L.A.S. or D.P.: Move the player
    - X Button: Tap for speed bursts; Hold to charge up for a power move
    - Circle Button: Switch the player
    - Square Button: Perform a dive or chop block
    - Triangle Button: Wave for pass
    - R2 Button: Juke to the right
    - L2 Button: Juke to the left
    - L1 Button: Juke to the left
    
    
    For when you're on the Gridiron, the play is complete, and on Offense:
    
    - Triangle Button: Perform the Hurry-Up Offense and brings up Audible Menu
    - Square Button: Hurry to the line and spike the ball
    
    
    For when you're on the Gridiron, approaching the Line of Scrimmage, and on
    Defense:
    
    - L.A.S. or D.P.: Move the player
    - X Button: Switch player
    - Circle Button: Return to a previous player
    - D.P. + X or Circle Button: Switch to a specific player
    - Triangle Button: Show or hide the Audible Menu
    - R1 Button: View the players and their fatigue levels
    - L1 Button: View the players and their assignments
    - Select Button: Call a timeout
    - R.A.S.: Right - Shift entire defensive line to the right; Left - Shift the
    entire defensive line to the left; Up - Spread out the defensive line; Down -
    Bring in the defensive line
    - Holding L2 + R.A.S.: Right - Shift linebackers to the right; Left - Shift
    linebackers to the left; Up - Spread out the linebackers; Down - Bring in the
    linebackers
    - Holding R2 + R.A.S.: Right - Shift defensive backs to the sideline; Left -
    Bring defensive backs to the middle; Up - Have defensive backs back away from
    the line of scrimmage; Down - Bring defensive backs close to the line of
    scrimmage
    - Holding R2 + L.A.S.: Defender Strafe
    
    
    For when you're at the Line of Scrimmage and you want to call an audible on
    Defense:
    
    - L.A.S. or D.P.: Left/Right - Cycle through audibles
    - X, Circle, Square, R1, or L1 Buttons: Select the respected audible for that
    button
    - Triangle Button: Hide the Audible Menu
    - R2 or R3 Button: Flip defensive assignments
    - L2 Button: Return to the original play
    - Select Button: Call a timeout
    
    
    For when you're on the Gridiron, the ball has been snapped, and on Defense:
    
    - L.A.S. or D.P.: Move the player
    - X Button: Tap for speed bursts; Hold to charge up for a power move
    - Circle Button: Switch player
    - Square Button: Perform a diving tackle
    - Triangle Button: Jump and raise player's hands
    - R2 Button: Perform a spin off of a blocker
    - L2 Button: Perform a Rip (an uppercut under a blocker's arm)
    - R1 Button: Attempt to intercept a pass
    - L1 Button: Attempt to block a pass
    - Hold R2 Button + L.A.S.: Defender Strafe
    
    For the Defensive Lineman:
    
    - R1 Button: Perform a swim move
    - L1 Button: Perform a club move
    
    
    For when you're on the Gridiron and on Special Teams:
    
    For the Kicking Team:
    
    - L.A.S. or D.P.: Aim the Kick Arrow
    - X Button: Press once to activate the Kick Meter; Press again to stop the Kick
    Meter and kick the ball
    - Triangle Button: Show or Hide the Audible Menu
    
    For the Receiving Team:
    
    - Circle Button: Down the ball in the endzone (must be done immediately)
    - Triangle Button: Call for a fair catch (only on punt returns - press before
    you catch the ball)
    
    
    For when you're on the Gridiron and playing First Person Football, the controls
    are just the same except for the following:
    
    Before and after the snap:
    
    - R.A.S.: Left - Look left; Right - Look right
    - L2 Button: Locate man you are assigned to cover (on defense only)
    
    After the snap:
    
    - R3 Button: Enter "slowdown" mode
    
    After the tackle:
    
    - R3 Button: View a replay of the last play
    
    
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    | 5. The Main Menu Breakdowns |
    \=============================/
    
    It is from the Main Menu where you get to enter the world that is ESPN NFL
    Football.  Here is a quick breakdown of the Main Menu.
    
    - Have a quickie with the Quick Game option.
    
    What better way to dive into the game than with a Quick Game?  With a Quick
    Game, you get to play an exhibiton game between any team of your choosing.  It
    is the quickest way to get on the Gridiron.
    
    - Experience the greatness that is football with First Person Football.
    
    What it all boils down to is how would it feel to be that player that you like?
     Well, you get to find out when you play football through that player's eyes.
    
    - Go to your Crib to live the good life.
    
    Of course, like all athletes, you get to live luxuriously as well.  Go to The
    Crib to see trophies that you have earned, furniture you've unlocked,
    mini-games to relieve you from the stress of football, listen to some music,
    and bask in the glory that is in a NFL superstar's household.
    
    - Experience all the NFL has to offer through 5 different Game Modes.
    
      + Franchise - Lead a team to glory while controlling a front office as well.
      + Season - Lead a team to the Super Bowl in 1 season.
      + Tournament - Start up a tournament that will determine the champion from
    4-16 teams.
      + Situation - Place yourself in a tight spot and see what if you can overcome
    the obstacles that stand before you.
      + Online - Hit the Gridiron with people across the world.
    
    - Get the training you deserve in Practice.
    
      + Basic Training - Learn the skills necessary to dominate the NFL.
      + Scrimmage - Perfect your offensive, defensive, and special team abilities.
      + Reference Guide - Get info about the game and learn some tips as well.
    
    - Change the dynamics of the game through your Options.
    
    Several options here allow you to change the game.  Whether it is the crowd
    noise, music level, or coaching abilities, you make the call here.
    
    - Keep your progres and return to it with Load/Save.
    
    What good is it to dominate the NFL, and you can't save your progress?  Save
    your data to a memory card to access at a later time.  Then load when you are
    ready to play again and pick up where you left off.
    
    - Find out what's new About the Game.
    
    Come here to see for yourself what so great about ESPN NFL Football.
    
    
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    | 6. The Game Modes |
    \===================/
    
    There are 5 different game modes to participate in in ESPN NFL Football.  In
    this section, this is where it will be broken down more in-depth.
    
    +---------------+
    | 6A. Franchise |
    +---------------+
    
    The Franchise Mode is where you get to create a dynasty.  Take a team (or 2)
    and lead them to glory.  Control all aspects of the game from the Gridiron, to
    the Front Office, you make the decisions.  You are the Coach on the Gridiron.
    You call the plays, you call the challenges.  You're also the players.  You
    make the hits, you make the plays happen.  In the Front Office, you are the
    general manager.  You have the power to release poeple to the Free Agency, sign
    players, and renegotiate contracts.  You also have the power to change the
    depth charts and adjust formations to how you see fit.  You also get to conduct
    trades and go through the NFL Draft.  The world is yours in Franchise Mode.
    
    +------------+
    | 6B. Season |
    +------------+
    
    The Season Mode is where you are the Coach and general manager for 1 season
    only.  Your goal is to lead a team to the playoffs and ultimately, the Super
    Bowl.  You get to do the some of the same things here as in Franchise Mode, but
    you aren't as powerful, since you are only playing for one season only.
    
    +----------------+
    | 6C. Tournament |
    +----------------+
    
    The Tournament Mode is where you get to set up a playoff between 4, 8, or 16
    teams.  Select any teams you wish to enter the Tournament and play just as if
    you were in playing a normal game.  The winner of the tournament determines the
    champion.  Much more exciting if you have human players and 16 teams.
    
    +---------------+
    | 6D. Situation |
    +---------------+
    
    Hmmm...looks like we have a bit of a problem.  You are facing 1st and 25.  You
    are deep in your own territory (actually, the 2 yard line).  There is only 30
    seconds left on the clock and you have no timeouts.  The other team is up by 7
    and the defense has been stopping your running game and putting pressure on
    your QB all game.  Do you have what it takes to lead your team to victory?
    Well, that's what it's like to be in Situation Mode.  You control everything
    from how much time is on the clock, how many timeouts are left, and where to
    start your drive from.  Re-enact games of the past where it seemed impossible
    to make a comeback.  You, in Situation Mode, can make it happen.
    
    +------------+
    | 6E. Online |
    +------------+
    
    So, you think you're the best huh?  Well, there are millions of people out
    there that think differently.  Challenge someone to an online game and see if
    you have what it takes to compete with people around the globe.  Best if you
    have a broadband connection.
    
    
    /=============\
    | 7. The Crib |
    \=============/
    
    Welcome to The Crib!  The Crib is the place where you come to relax from the
    hardships that is football.  Relax in your recliner.  Chill at your bar.  Watch
    some movies.  Listen to some music.  But something's wrong.  Your Crib
    is...dull.  "What do you mean by dull?" you might ask.  Well, I mean, your Crib
    is boring.  You have nothing in it.  You can't do anything interesting in your
    Crib.  "Well, what can I do to make my Crib awesome?" you might ask.  Win.  And
    win big.  The beauty about The Crib is that to make it better, you have to play
    some serious football.  Items can be unlocked in each area of The Crib, thus,
    adding personality to your Crib.  See that empty wall to your right as soon as
    you enter The Crib?  That's where you place trophies.  And in order to get
    those trophy cases filled, you have to really play some serious football.
    
    In order to unlock items and make your Crib the place to be, you have to
    complete Milestones.  There are several Milestones that you must complete in
    several categories.  All of this will be explained later.  Accomplish the
    Milestones, and you will have a truly amazing Crib.  So get out on the
    Gridiron, and play hard so that you can get some pretty amazing stuff for your
    Crib.
    
    
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    | 8. The Breaking Down of the Teams in ESPN NFL Football |
    \========================================================/
    
    Well.  As you all know, there are 32 teams in the NFL.  Yet, there are also
    other teams available in the game.  Along with the 32 NFL teams, you have the
    NFC & AFC Pro Bowl Teams, the NFL All-Stars Team, and many other teams that you
    (or even family members) might know.  In this section, I will break down all of
    the teams that are available in ESPN NFL Football.
    
    The 32 NFL Teams are broken down as follows:
    
    |============================================================|
    |   Name of Team   |   Offense   |   Defense   |   Overall   |
    |============================================================|
    |     49ers        |     90      |      87     |      88     |
    |     Bears        |     79      |      86     |      83     |
    |     Bengals      |     78      |      79     |      79     |
    |     Bills        |     82      |      87     |      85     |
    |     Broncos      |     89      |      79     |      85     |
    |     Browns       |     78      |      81     |      80     |
    |     Buccaneers   |     83      |      97     |      91     |
    |     Cardinals    |     73      |      74     |      74     |
    |     Chargers     |     87      |      78     |      83     |
    |     Chiefs       |     95      |      76     |      86     |
    |     Colts        |     89      |      80     |      85     |
    |     Cowboys      |     75      |      82     |      79     |
    |     Dolphins     |     86      |      96     |      91     |
    |     Eagles       |     90      |      92     |      90     |
    |     Falcons      |     84      |      83     |      83     |
    |     Giants       |     85      |      88     |      86     |
    |     Jaguars      |     79      |      85     |      83     |
    |     Jets         |     88      |      83     |      85     |
    |     Lions        |     78      |      79     |      79     |
    |     Packers      |     92      |      79     |      86     |
    |     Panthers     |     76      |      88     |      83     |
    |     Patriots     |     78      |      92     |      86     |
    |     Raiders      |     95      |      90     |      92     |
    |     Rams         |     89      |      87     |      88     |
    |     Ravens       |     80      |      88     |      85     |
    |     Redskins     |     76      |      83     |      80     |
    |     Saints       |     87      |      76     |      83     |
    |     Seahawks     |     88      |      87     |      87     |
    |     Steelers     |     89      |      88     |      88     |
    |     Texans       |     75      |      81     |      79     |
    |     Titans       |     85      |      88     |      86     |
    |     Vikings      |     90      |      81     |      85     |
    |============================================================|
    
    
    There are also teams out there that are the best of the best in the NFL.
    Obviously, I'm talking about the Pro Bowl Teams of the AFC & NFC.  They are
    broken down as follows:
    
    |============================================================|
    |   Name of Team   |   Offense   |   Defense   |   Overall   |
    |============================================================|
    |       AFC        |     100     |     100     |     98      |
    |       NFC        |     100     |     100     |     98      |
    |  NFL All-Stars   |     100     |     100     |     98      |
    |============================================================|
    
    
    There are also teams that consists of Alumni from the various colleges across
    the country.  The teams are the Far West (FW), Great Plains (GP), Midwest (MW),
    Northeast (NE), Southeast (SE), and Southwest (SW) Alumni.  The Far West
    probably consists of Alumni from schools in the Pac-10 Conference and schools
    on the West Coast.  The Great Plains probably consists of Alumni from schools
    in the Big 10 and schools in the plains.  The Midwest probably consists of
    Alumni from schools in the Big 12 and or Conference USA conferences.  The
    Northeast probably consists of Alumni from the Big East, ACC, Ivy League, and
    or Atlantic 10 conferences.  The Southeast probably consists of Alumni from
    schools in the SEC and or Conference USA conferences.  And the Southwest
    probably consists of Alumni from the schools in the PAC-10 conference.  Of
    course, these are just theories.  If you do know what each of the Alumni teams
    affiliate with what conference in College Football, please send me an e-mail so
    that I may add it to the FAQ and you will get recognition.  These teams are
    broken down as follows:
    
    |============================================================|
    |   Name of Team   |   Offense   |   Defense   |   Overall   |
    |============================================================|
    |    FW Alumni     |     100     |     100     |     98      |
    |    GP Alumni     |     92      |     93      |     92      |
    |    MW Alumni     |     100     |     100     |     98      |
    |    NE Alumni     |     100     |     99      |     98      |
    |    SE Alumni     |     100     |     100     |     98      |
    |    SW Alumni     |     91      |     100     |     95      |
    |============================================================|
    
    
    But football wouldn't be where it is today if it weren't for the Legends.  Yes,
    the Legends.  These teams are teams that in some way, shape, or form, made a
    huge impact on the world of football.  While I will list the teams, I must let
    you know that these teams have no ratings in any category.  You can rate them
    yourself when you play them.  And now, I present to you the Teams of Football
    Past:
    
    |================================================|
    |   Name of Team   |   Year of Legendary Team    |
    |================================================|
    |   49ers          |         81, 89, 94          |
    |   Bears          |         63, 85              |
    |   Bengals        |         81, 88              |
    |   Bills          |         64, 90              |
    |   Broncos        |         77, 86, 98          |
    |   Browns         |         64, 86              |
    |   Buccaneers     |         79, 99, 02          |
    |   Cardinals      |         75                  |
    |   Chargers       |         63, 80, 94          |
    |   Chiefs         |         69, 93              |
    |   Colts          |         70                  |
    |   Cowboys        |         71, 77, 92          |
    |   Dolphins       |         72, 84              |
    |   Eagles         |         60, 80              |
    |   Falcons        |         80, 98              |
    |   Giants         |         56, 86, 90          |
    |   Jaguars        |         99                  |
    |   Jets           |         68, 98              |
    |   Lions          |         53, 91              |
    |   Oilers         |         61, 79              |
    |   Packers        |         66, 96              |
    |   Panthers       |         96                  |
    |   Patriots       |         85, 01              |
    |   Raiders        |         67, 76, 83          |
    |   Rams           |         79, 99              |
    |   Ravens         |         00                  |
    |   Redskins       |         82, 87, 91          |
    |   Saints         |         91, 00              |
    |   Seahawks       |         84, 99              |
    |   Steelers       |         75, 78, 95          |
    |   Texans         |         62                  |
    |   Titans         |         99                  |
    |   Vikings        |         69, 73, 98          |
    |================================================|
    
    
    Finally, we come down to the very last team.  This team must be unlocked in
    order to play with them.  This team is Chris Berman's Swamis Team.  This team
    is broken down as follows:
    
    |============================================================|
    |   Name of Team   |   Offense   |   Defense   |   Overall   |
    |============================================================|
    |      Swamis      |     100     |     100     |      98     |
    |============================================================|
    
    And there you have it.  Every team in the game and their ratings.
    
    Most teams are balanced.  Yet, we know that some teams are either "pass-happy"
    (love to pass the ball) or "run-happy" (love to run the ball).  I am declaring
    a team "pass-happy" if they have an amazing QB or several WRs that are weapons.
     To me, the "pass-happy" teams are as follows:
    
    + 49ers
    + Colts
    + Eagles
    + Falcons
    + Jaguars
    + Jets
    + Packers
    + Patriots
    + Raiders
    + Rams
    + Saints
    + Titans
    + Vikings
    
    Then you have those teams that are "run-happy".  I am declaring these teams as
    "run-happy" because they either have dominating RBs or a QB that can scramble.
    To me, these are the "run-happy" teams:
    
    + Bengals
    + Browns
    + Cardinals
    + Chargers
    + Chiefs
    + Dolphins
    + Eagles
    + Falcons
    + Packers
    + Ravens
    + Seahawks
    + Steelers
    + Titans
    
    That's just my honest opinion.  Maybe all of these are balanced between the run
    and the pass.  Maybe I'm right.  But you know what?  Please, DO NOT BOMBARD MY
    E-MAIL RANTING ABOUT WHY A TEAM MAY OR MAY NOT BE PASS- OR RUN-HAPPY!  I won't
    even bother to look at an e-mail if the first sentence says something like,
    "The Packers are not run-happy because...".  Trust me, if I see such an e-mail,
    chances are, I'll block your e-mail address and place you into some kind of
    Hall of Shame.  I don't know.  Just, don't do it.
    
    
    /============================================\
    | 9. The Milestones & How to Accomplish Them |
    \============================================/
    
    Remember earlier how we were talking about how your Crib was boring?  Well, the
    only way to get your Crib to be the Crib of Cribs, is to accomplish several
    milestones.  These milestones are obviously high points in your career.  When
    you acomplish a milestone, most times, you get a trophy.  But there are times
    where you get an item to have your Crib decked out.
    
    There are six types of milestones you must accomplish.  They are Primetime,
    Single Game, Career, Big Play, Timelock, and Menu Milestones.
    
    In your Crib, there are 4 trophy cases.  Each trophy case is titled.  The far
    left trophy case is your Primetime Trophy Case.  In this trophy case, your
    first major accomplishments are immortalized.  The middle left trophy case is
    your Single Game Trophy Case.  In this trophy case, all the stats you accrue in
    a single game are immortalized here.  The middle right trophy case is your
    Career Trophy Case.  In this trophy case, all the stats you have accrued over
    the course of the ENTIRE game are immortalized here.  And the far right trophy
    case is your Big Play Trophy Case.  In this trophy case, the biggest plays are
    recognized and immortalized here.
    
    You don't get trophies for Menu and Timelock Milestones.  Instead, you get
    items.  You also get items and bonus items from all milestones accomplished.
    
    Below, I have listed each milestone and what category it is in.  Furthermore, I
    have listed what you have to do to accomplish the milestone.  I will not list
    what you can earn.  Hey, I got to leave some excitement in the game for you
    guys, right?
    
    
    - Big Play Milestones
    
    For the Big Play Milestones, these must be done with any difficulty, set on 5
    minutes, with all penalties on, and default settings:
    
    |=====================================================|
    |   Type of Play   |     The Different Milestones     |
    |=====================================================|
    |   TD Run         |      30, 40, 60, 99 yard run     |
    |   TD Pass        |      30, 40, 60, 99 yard pass    |
    |   Field Goal     |      40, 45, 50, 55 yard FG      |
    |   Kick/Punt      |      60, 70, 80, 99 yard return  |
    |=====================================================|
    
    That gets you 16 trophies in your Big Play Trophy Case.  The best way to get
    the trophies is to earn the first 3 trophies as quickly as possible for each
    category.
    
    On the 99 yard pass/run, get a kick return or punt return and go back towards
    the 0 yard line.  From there, slowly walk to the sideline at the 0, and just
    hope you get a safety.  Then, for the pass, go deep or dump of the pass on the
    running back and get a few good blocks.
    
    On the 55 yard field goal, just get to the 38 yard line of the opponent's
    territory and kick the field goal.  Just hope the wind is not a factor in your
    kick.
    
    On the 99 yard kick/punt return, any deep ball that comes your way should be
    taken.  Look for blocks and open areas and speed right through them.
    
    
    - Single Game Milestones
    
    For the Single Game Milestones, these must be done with any difficulty, set on
    5 minutes, with all penalties on, with default settings, and done in a single
    game:
    
    |=========================================================|
    |   Type of Play   |       The Different Milestones       |
    |=========================================================|
    |   Points         |   49, 63, 77, 84 points in a game    |
    |   Yds. Rushing   |   200, 275, 350, 400 yds. in a game  |
    |   Yds. Passing   |   375, 450, 500, 600 yds. in a game  |
    |   Tackles        |   10, 20, 30, 40 tackles in a game   |
    |   Sacks          |   3, 5, 7, 9 sacks in a game         |
    |   Interceptions  |   3, 5, 6, 7 interceptions in a game |
    |=========================================================|
    
    In order to effectively get these 16 trophies, what you need to do is dominate
    defensively and score quickly and effectively.
    
    For the Rushing Yards Trophies, you could set up your running back to run 200
    yards in one half and 200 in another.  That will be all 4 trophies for that
    category.
    
    For the Passing Yards Trophies, you could start any drive at the 1 or 0 yard
    line and pass all day.  That should net you with 600 passing yards quickly.
    Just as long as you get 300 yards in each half.
    
    For the Tackles, Sacks, and Interceptions Trophies, just dominate on defense
    the entire game.
    
    Doing all of this should get you the Points Trophies with ease.  See, it all
    comes together.
    
    
    - PrimeTime Milestones
    
    For the PrimeTime Milestones, these must be done with any difficulty, set on 5
    minutes, with all penalties on, with default settings, and done in a single
    game:
    
    + Return a fumble for a Touchdown
    + Return an interception for a Touchdown
    + Throw a Touchdown pass to 6 different players
    + Force 7 Turnovers
    + Intercept 2 passes with the same player
    + Pass & rush for 250 & 100 yards with the same player
    + Rush & receive for 150 yards each withe the same player
    + Accumulate 650 yards of total offense
    + Score 6 rushing Touchdowns with the same player
    + Shutout the opposing team
    + Commit no turnovers
    + Beat the CPU by 56 points
    + Allow 0 or less yards total offense
    + No dropped passes by any receiver
    + Quarterback never sacked
    + Complete 100% of passes thrown (with 15 minimum)
    + Win the Super Bowl
    
    All of these trophies can be acquired easily.  Have a dominating defense to
    cause the turnovers the entire game.  That will knock out 6 trophies.
    
    For the 100% completion trophy, just pass to your running back.  It's also
    beneficial if he gains some good yardage on the play as well.  Also, have the
    running back runn effectively.  Also have him score 6 rushing TDs.  That will
    knock out 3 trophies.
    
    For the passing & rushing for 250 & 100, have a good scrambling QB, like
    Donovan McNabb to get the 100 rushing yards and pass effectively for the 250.
    There's another trophy.
    
    To accumulate 650 yards of total offense, run for 300 in one half and pass for
    350 in another half.  There's that trophy.
    
    To avoid your QB ever being sacked, just run the ball.  There's the QB never
    sacked trophy.
    
    To have no dropped passes by any receiver, complete one pass a receiver and
    never pass the ball again.  Then, you knock out the no dropped passes trophy.
    
    Commit no turnovers by not turning over the ball.  Simple and common sense.
    
    Beat the CPu by 56 points should be easy on Pro difficulty.  Enough said.
    
    To get the throw a Touchdown pass to 6 players trophy, pass a TD pass to 4 wide
    receivers, 1 running back, and 1 tight end.  There's that trophy.
    And the greatest trophy in the entire case - Win the Super Bowl to earn the
    trophy.
    
    
    - Menu Milestones
    
    For the Menu Milestones, just go to the Main Menu and just enter or complete a
    mode in the Main Menu.  However, for the difficulty based milestones, you need
    to have any difficulty, set on 5 minutes, with all penalties on, with default
    settings, and done in a single game.  Milestones with an asterisk (*) by it
    means it is a difficulty milestone and must adhere to the rules:
    
    + Watch the ESPN NFL Football Features Movie
    + Watch the ESPN NFL Football Video Games Movie
    + Complete all tutorials
    + Enter the Reference Guide
    + Enter the Scrimmage Mode
    + Enter the Franchise Mode
    + Create a player
    + Create a team
    + Create a playbook
    + Play a First Person Football Game*
    + Win a Tournament*
    + Win a Pro Difficulty Game*
    + Win an All Pro Difficulty Game*
    + Win a Legend Difficulty Game*
    
    These milestones are practically self-explanatory.  No description on how to do
    them is necessary.
    
    
    - Career Milestones
    
    For the Career Milestones, these must be accomplished throughout your ESPN NFL
    Football playing career.  There is no special rules for these milestones.  Just
    play 15 minute quarters and in no time, you should have these trophies
    completed:
    
    |=================================================================|
    |   Type of Play   |           The Different Milestones           |
    |=================================================================|
    |   Wins           |       25, 50, 100, 150 career wins           |
    |   Yds. Rushing   | 2000, 4500, 7500, 15000 career passing yds.  |
    |   Yds. Passing   | 4000, 8500, 15000, 20000 career passing yds. |
    |   Sacks          |       25, 100, 200, 500 career sacks         |
    |   Interceptions  |       25, 50, 100, 250 career interceptions  |
    |=================================================================|
    
    These are also self-explanatory.  No further explanation is needed.
    
    
    - Timelock Milestones
    
    The Timelock Milestones are milestones that are accomplished through your
    playing time of ESPN NFL Football in general.  Playing a game, being in The
    Crib, or just fulfilling ohter milestones all add up to your total playing time
    of the game and lead to these milestones being accomplished.  They are as
    follows:
    
    |=============================================================================|
    |   Type of Play   |                 The Different Milestones                 |
    |=============================================================================|
    |   Hours Played   | 1, 3, 5, 10, 15, 25, 50, 75, 100, 150 hours playing time |
    |=============================================================================|
    
    No further explantion needed.
    
    
    /====================================================\
    | 10. The Beauty of the Game - First Person Football |
    \====================================================/
    
    This section is more of a review of the game.
    
    The true beauty of this game that no other football game has done before is
    that it allows you to play a game from the perspective of one of the players on
    the field.  You hear no commentary (except for the fans and opposition) and the
    gameplay is more fierce and intense.  You feel when a player gets hit, and you
    can see him blacking out with each and every hit he takes.  Such a feature is
    truly amazing and fortunately, we, the fans of football and football games, can
    experience what real NFL players experience.
    
    
    /===================================================\
    | 11. The Bulk of the Game - Establishing a Dynasty |
    \===================================================/
    
    Another review.
    
    The bulk of ESPN NFL Football lies in the Franchise Mode.  It is here that you
    can trade players, place players onthe Trading Block, go through the NFL
    Combine, the NFL Draft, and more Front Office duties.  It is in Franchise Mode
    where you can see your team and coach's progress over the span of decades and
    you are in total control of the action.  What better way of leading a dynasty
    than by entering a franchise?
    
    
    /=======================\
    | 12. Tips for the Game |
    \=======================/
    
    - When it comes to passing, throw bullets.  Don't throw them too hard, or else
    your receivers won't catch the ball.
    
    - When it comes to running, wait for the blockers.  No blockers lead to no
    holes for you to burst through.
    
    - If you want defensive trophies, use the defensive line.  I can't tell you how
    many sacks I've had in just 1 game because I used my DL.
    
    - Shift the Linebackers and DBs.  When used in conjuction with using the DL,
    just look above...
    
    - Motion is your best friend.  When placed in motion, a WR can take away
    attention from a defense.  Use this to your advantage when you want to use the
    run.  Same works for your FB.
    
    - Adhere to the Reference Manual.  There are a ton of other tips there.
    
    
    /==================================\
    | 13. Giving Credit Where It's Due |
    \==================================/
    
    First off, I would like to thank my brother Andre' for pushing me to buy this
    game for him.
    
    CJayC of GameFAQs for posting my FAQ on his prestigous website.
    
    Next, I'd like to thank ESPN for giving us such an uncanny football experience.
    
    Next up, myself for writing this guide.
    
    And finally, you, the reader.  Without you, there is no me.
    
    
    /=================\
    | 14. Final Words |
    \=================/
    
    W. Dixon is in no way affiliated with ESPN or the NFL.  Don't even think that I
    am.  I just wrote this FAQ to get back in the FAQ game and have a real FAQ for
    GameFAQs.com.  Again I say, I AM NOT AFFILIATED WITH ESPN OR THE NFL.  This FAQ
    is protected under international law.
    
    
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