The Internet informs me that Coleco produced its Electronic Quarterback in 1978, but I seem to remember receiving one for Christmas in the early 1980’s.
My parents had a superb track record at picking out presents that I didn’t ask for, but that were still awesome. (See my blog posts on my “Clash of the Titans” or “Metal Man” action figures.)
This, however, was the rare white elephant Christmas gift. A grid of flashing red lights crudely simulated a game a football, a sport in which I had zero interest.
My love of video games would be well nourished elsewhere, though, by the Atari 2600, which arrived in my household at around the same time in my childhood.