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Super Bowl XXXVI MVP Tom Brady Signs on as Cover Athlete for 989 Sports(R)' NFL GameDay(TM) 2003 for PlayStation(R) and PlayStation(R)2 Computer Entertainment System; NFL's Newest Superstar Will Grace the Cover of the Latest Version of 989 Sports' Heralded NFL GameDay Franchise.

FOSTER CITY, Calif. -- Fresh off leading his team to victory in Super Bowl XXXVI and winning the coveted crown of Super Bowl MVP, Sony Computer Entertainment America announced today that quarterback for the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots Tom Brady will be the cover athlete for NFL GameDay(TM) 2003 from the 989 Sports(R) development team. After bursting onto the sports scene last year while on the NFL's biggest stage, Tom Brady has quickly established himself as the NFL's newest superstar. The Pro Bowl quarterback will now bring his winning ways to the PlayStation(R) and PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system with NFL GameDay 2003.
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"In a short time Tom Brady has established himself as a true champion and one of the NFL's most exciting young talents," said Ami Blaire, director, product marketing, Sony Computer Entertainment America. "His fierce competitive nature and leadership have made him a winner on the field and his true dedication to the sport will keep him at the top of his game for many years to come. We, at 989 Sports are proud to be associated with an engaging athlete of Tom's caliber as he embodies all of the hard-core football ideals in NFL GameDay 2003."

In only his second season in the NFL, Tom Brady became the sports world's success story of the year when he stepped in as the starting quarterback for the New England Patriots. Taking over in the second game of the 2001 season, Brady never looked back as he led his team to victory in Super Bowl XXXVI where he capped off a Pro Bowl season by being named Super Bowl MVP. Making his winning ways all the more remarkable, 24 year old Tom Brady's victory in the Super Bowl made him the youngest starting quarterback ever to bring home the Lombardi trophy.

Scheduled to release in September, NFL GameDay 2003 promises to capture the power and athleticism of the NFL like no other football simulation before with ultra realistic gameplay and new high-resolution player models that recreate the NFL experience in intricate detail and an all-new online mode that will allow gamers to take on challengers nationwide. Featuring new 60 frame per second gameplay, NFL GameDay 2003 brings unprecedented football action to life with unmatched responsive control over fluid animations including 300 new tackles, catches and blocks and over 70 new "break tackle" animations that make for heart stopping replay action of all 32 NFL teams including the expansion Houston Texans.

About 989 Sports

989 Sports(R) is the sports software brand of Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. Known for its top-selling sports franchise titles such as NFL GameDay(TM), MLB(TM), NBA ShootOut, NHL FaceOff(TM), NCAA(R) Final Four(R) and NCAA(R) GameBreaker(TM), 989 Sports is committed to developing authentic and innovative sports games to appeal to both the professional athlete and hard-core sports videogame fan.

About Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc.

Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. continues to redefine the entertainment lifestyle with its PlayStation(R) and PS one(TM) game console, and the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system. The PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system is set to revolutionize the home entertainment market, offering the most compelling interactive content and the capability to be used as a network terminal in the coming broadband era.

Recognized as the undisputed industry leader, Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. markets the PlayStation family of products and develops, publishes, markets and distributes software for the PSOne game console and the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system for the North American market. Based in Foster City, Calif. Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. serves as headquarters for all North American operations and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.


Contact: Ron Eagle of Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc., +1-858-824-5585, or; or Rick Heineman, +1-310-274-7800, or, for Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc.


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