Electronic Arts is in full-on hype mode, as today the company announced that John Dutton, quarterback for the 2005 Arena Football League champion Colorado Crush, will serve as cover athlete and spokesman for Arena Football, which will be available in stores on February 7, 2006 for the PS2.

In a 51-48 win over the Georgia Force in ArenaBowl XIX this past June, Dutton led the Colorado Crush to its first-ever Arena Football League championship in just their third year in the league, throwing for 347 yards and three touchdowns. Dutton, a seven year Arena Football League veteran, previously led the San Jose SaberCats to an ArenaBowl title in 2002 where he was named MVP of ArenaBowl XVI. As the quarterback at the University of Nevada, Dutton helped Nevada earn its first bowl win with an 18-15 defeat over Ball State in the 1996 Las Vegas Bowl.

"I'm honored to be the first cover athlete for this new franchise and very excited about working with EA on Arena Football," said John Dutton. "I think it's great that fans can now experience the true action of Arena Football from the leader in sports video games."

Arena Football brings all the big hits and non-stop passing plays to life as gamers are put in the middle of the action from the season's kickoff all the way to the ArenaBowl. Staying authentic to AFL rules, Arena Football will feature 8-on-8 play, including six players who play both sides of the ball, and the ability to send players into and over the walls with each exciting play.

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