Young Buncrana golfer meets man behind the most famous line in computer game history.
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A young Inishowen man was ‘absolutely bowled over’ to meet the legend behind the most famous phrase in computer gaming history this week.
Trainee golfer Sean Crossan, from Buncrana, was at work at St. George’s Golf Club in Toronto on Sunday when he hooked up with Andrew Anthony, the man who voices the line, ‘EA Sports, It’s In The Game’.
As soon as star-struck Sean learned who he was talking to, he quickly tried to call his friend Mark Doherty so that Mr. Anthony could deliver the infamous gaming line to him over the phone.
However when Mark failed to answer the EA Sports voiceover star suggested a short video instead. Both Sean and Andrew then recorded clip, which has now been seen by more than half a million people worldwide on the Internet.
A son of Nicholas and Rosemary Crossan, the 22-year-old described the moment as one of the best of his life.
“Sean grew up playing EA games such as Tiger Woods Golf so he couldn’t believe it when he met the man who says that line. I have heard that phrase in our house going back to the days of the Sega Mega Drive when we used to blow on the games to make sure there was no dust on them before putting them on,” his mother, Rosemary recalled.
“Sean put the video up on Youtube as well as Facebook and Twitter and it has since been retweeted by footballer James McClean among others; it’s just gone mad. He has also been featured on iRadio and another Cork radio station. He couldn’t believe it. For him, it was a meeting with a real hero,” she added.
Dad Nicholas said his son, who emigrated to Canada less than four months ago, is on cloud nine this week.
“People have been ringing him, texting him and sending online messages all week. He was still bowled over when he Skyped home on Monday to tell us what had happened,” he said.
“Sean acts as a marshal sometimes and he met the EA Sports guy out on the course. He’s totally delighted. He said that he was a very nice man and extremely generous with his time, stopping for a chat and a video no problem at all,” Nicholas explained.
A former pupil of Scoil Iosagain and Scoil Mhuire, Sean attended the Greenmount Golf Academy in Antrim before securing an apprenticeship at St. George’s Golf and Country Club in Toronto, where he also plays for the local hurling team.