The Pokemon Go craze has officially broken the internet, accruing more users than Twitter in less than it’s first week in the app store. Lions guard Larry Warford was interested in what all the hype was about, so he jumped on the game like the rest of the digital world.
Although he enjoyed the game at first, one day while hunting fake “pocket monsters” on the street in Tempe, AZ, he took a brief look around and noticed the crowds around him looked like zombie-like mindless creatures. When asked why he quit playing, he told Detroit Free Press:
“I’ll tell you why I stopped playing it. I was walking down Mill Avenue in Tempe, Ariz., pretty much on (Arizona State’s) campus. … I was walking down and literally everyone that was on their cell phone walking down that same street was playing Pokemon Go. I was looking at their screens and it was about 30, 40 people walking down Mill (Avenue). “I was like, ‘This is bad, this is bad,’ ” Warford said. “They were playing it and I was like, ‘Nope!’ And I deleted it right there, right when I got to the restaurant. The funny thing is, the people I was eating with, they were playing it, too.”
Warford isn’t the only NFL player who bought into the Pokemon go hype, several of the Arizona Cardinals players are also playing, including Alex Okafor, Earl Watford, Evan Mathis, Justin Bethel, Deone Bucannon, and Kareem Martin. “We grew up on Pokemon,” linebacker Kareem Martin said to ESPN. “That was our childhood thing. It was something that [we’d think] ‘Oh, it’d be really cool if we could actually do that now [as adults].’ And now it’s kind of our chance. It’s a little nostalgic feel to it. It’s also passing time in camp, just to get your mind off football, just some fun stuff to do with other teammates.”