Celebrating the Seahawks' Involvement with Video Games on #NationalVideoGameDay

Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015 marks #NationalVideoGameDay, and the Seahawks have plenty to celebrate.

Marshawn Lynch will be the first athlete to appear in a 'Call of Duty' video game. 'Call of Duty: Black Ops III' hits stores Nov. 6, 2015 (photos via Art Streiber for ESPN)

Did you know that Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015 marks #NationalVideoGameDay? No? Well, good, because I didn't either until I opened up my Twitter timeline this morning.

So naturally, myself and the Seahawks digital media team got to thinking about how we could join the #NationalVideoGameDay conversation on social media. With so many Seattle players fans of doing battle on the sticks and featured in video games as characters themselves, all it took was a couple of e-mails back-and-forth to rehash much of the Seahawks' involvement in video games to date.

Check These Digs

The most recent example came last night, when the Seahawks unveiled the white-jersey-and-blue-pants uniform combination the team will wear when it opens the 2015 regular-season tomorrow against the St. Louis Rams. The club gave fans a sneak-peak at its gameday digs by utilizing a GIF from Madden NFL 16.

Here We Goooo!

Remember wide receiver Tyler Lockett's 67-yard punt return for a touchdown in the team's preseason game against the San Diego Chargers? Well, that play had Richard Sherman so impressed that after the game the Seattle cornerback requested someone dub sounds from Mario Kart over Lockett's return. Sherman asked, and Twitter answered. Beautifully.

A Super-Sized Showdown

In what was perhaps the most entertaining piece of content to come from this past February's Super Bowl between the Seahawks and Patriots, Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch and New England tight end Rob Gronkowski joined television show host Conan O'Brien on set for a fierce showdown in the video game Mortal Kombat X.

https://youtu.be/MNpkSyryQz4

We Got Got

It's a highly-anticipated time of year when Madden releases its NFL player ratings for the latest installment of the popular video game franchise.

Richard Sherman, who was on the cover of last year's game and joined on the start-up screen by his Legion of Boom teammates, shares the game's highest cornerback rating with the New York Jets' Darrelle Revis this year.

Marshawn Lynch, the first-ever athlete to appear in a Call of Duty video game, is the highest-rated running back in Madden this year, featuring a game-high category rating of 99 in 'stiff arm' to go along with a 98 rating in 'trucking.' With the way Lynch runs, it was worth asking Madden what "Beast Mode" has to do to earn a 99 in 'trucking,' too. We posed the question, and Madden got us. Good.

Bonus Features

https://youtu.be/glv8JFZWHxA

Game Over

Did we miss anything you think is worthy of inclusion? Let me know on Twitter @TonyDrovetto. Happy #NationalVideoGameDay!

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