NFL Players Gear Up for Super Bowl XLIII With 'Madden' Tourney [photos]

To get ready for Super Bowl XLIII this weekend between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Arizona Cardinals, NFL players gathered in Tampa, Florida to duke it out in the 15th Annual Xbox Madden Bowl.

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Yesterday as part of the Super Bowl XLIII festivities in Tampa, Florida, EA Sports and Xbox hosted the the 15th annual Madden Bowl, the only official "Madden" tournament that has NFL players going head-to-head in a single elimination tournament. Take a look at the photos from the event:

DeMarcus Ware, Dallas Cowboys

Derrick Brooks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers

Matthew Stafford, University of Georgia (NFL draft)

Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville Jaguars

The coveted EA Sports Madden Bowl Cup

[All photos by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images]