Colts' Bjoern Werner learned about the NFL by playing 'Madden'

Colts first-round draft pick Bjoern Werner learned about the NFL like almost anyone his age: by playing 'Madden' football. (USATSI)

Colts first-round draft pick Bjoern Werner has an interesting story: he was born in Germany, he came to America as an exchange student and then he ended up signing with Florida State after playing only two years of high school football. 

Werner didn't first learn about football during those two years playing in high school though, he learned about it like almost any other kid born in the 90's: by playing hours and hours of 'Madden' football. 

"That is so correct," Werner told WFNI-AM in Indianapolis when asked if he learned about the NFL by playing 'Madden.' "I knew every NFL star probably when I was 12, 13 or 14. I learned every team, every player in the game and I always created my little All-Star games, All-Star teams."

The story actually gets better because Werner will now be playing with one of this favorite video game linebackers. "I was just telling a few people when I was 12, 13, 14, I played with Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeney," Werner said, via "They were like the dynamic duo for years. Now I'm going to play with Robert Mathis. He's going to be my veteran. I can ask questions, I can look up to him. This is just so amazing and so unbelievable."

If Mathis didn't feel old before, he probably will after reading that quote. 

As for Werner, he probably has Aug. 27 circled on his calendar, that's when Madden 25 comes out. The newest Madden will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the franchise, a franchise that's actually older than the 22-year-old Werner. 

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