NFL '97

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NFL '97
System(s): Sega Saturn
Publisher: Sega
Licensor: NFL Properties, National Football League Players Association
Peripherals supported: 6Player, Saturn Backup Memory
Genre: Sports (American football)

Number of players: 1-8
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Saturn
$59.9959.99[2] 81111
ESRB: Kids to Adults

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NFL '97, not to be confused with Madden NFL 97, is an American football game released for the Sega Saturn in North America.



Conference Team Players
American Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
Pittsburgh Steelers Pittsburgh Steelers
Buffalo Bills Buffalo Bills
San Diego Chargers San Diego Chargers
Cincinnati Bengals Cincinnati Bengals
Indianapolis Colts Indianapolis Colts
Seattle Seahawks Seattle Seahawks
Houston Oilers Houston Oilers
Miami Dolphins Miami Dolphins
Denver Broncos Denver Broncos
Baltimore Ravens Baltimore Ravens
New England Patriots New England Patriots
Los Angeles Raiders Los Angeles Raiders
Jacksonville Jaguars Jacksonville Jaguars
New York Jets New York Jets
National San Francisco 49ers San Francisco 49ers
Green Bay Packers Green Bay Packers
Dallas Cowboys Dallas Cowboys
Atlanta Falcons Atlanta Falcons
Detroit Lions Detroit Lions
Philadelphia Eagles Philadelphia Eagles
St. Louis Rams St. Louis Rams
Chicago Bears Chicago Bears
Washington Redskins Washington Redskins
Carolina Panthers Carolina Panthers
Minnesota Vikings Minnesota Vikings
New York Giants New York Giants
New Orleans Saints New Orleans Saints
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Arizona Cardinals Arizona Cardinals


NFL '97's history is confusing, as it was passed around numerous developers and publishers before being released in slightly different forms for both the Saturn and PlayStation. It was originally announced as Jimmy Johnson's Football before Sega picked up the Saturn publishing rights, and on the PlayStation, it was upgraded and published as Jimmy Johnson VR Football '98 by Interplay (having been briefly licensed to Konami)[3].

Production credits

Sega Credits
GameTek Credits
  • Producers: Bernie Whang, Bobby King, Bill McDonald - Asst.
  • Executive Producer: Mike Knauer
  • Lead Programming:
    • Graphics and Shell: Andy Green
    • A.I.: Mike Knauer
  • Additional Programming: Mike Heilemann, Nigel Spencer
  • Artwork: Alvyn Ramirez, Dan Santiago, Scott Sava, Steve Quinn, Bernie Whang
  • Design: Bernie Whang, Bobby King, Scott Sava, Mike Knauer, Andy Green
  • Play Design: Bobby King
  • Music: Barry Blum
  • Testing: Bill McDonald - Lead, Adrian Fernandez, Sergio Fernandez, Phil Fisher-Ogden, Aaron Freedman, Rick Issa, Bobby King, Bernie Whang
  • Special Thanks: Chris Deel, Tom Reuterdahl, Dennis McIntyre, Juan Sanchez, Cheri Johnson, Davy Terry, Mimi Doggett
US manual
Nfl97 sat us manual.pdf

Magazine articles

Main article: NFL '97/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Print advert in EGM² (US) #29: "November 1996" (1996-xx-xx)
Print advert in Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #89: "December 1996" (1996-xx-xx)
also published in:


Physical scans

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NFL '97

Saturn, US
NFL97 Saturn US Box Back.jpgNFL97 Saturn US Box Front.jpg
NFL97 Saturn US Disc.jpg
Nfl97 sat us manual.pdf

Technical information

Main article: NFL '97/Technical information.

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Saturn
231,076,944 CD-ROM (US) 81111 V1.010
Sega Saturn
231,086,352 CD-ROM (US) 81111 (Alt) V2.010

External links

  • Sega of America webpage: Saturn


NFL '97

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