Lamar Jackson, the thrilling younger quarterback of the Baltimore Ravens, will seem on the quilt of this yr’s Madden recreation. Jackson made the announcement himself Tuesday afternoon, stunning the world throughout a convention name with the media.
“It’s always been a dream of mine, since I was a little kid, since I first started playing Madden,” said Jackson. “I done had every Madden, so for me to be on the front of it, that’s a dream come true.”
Jackson, 23, is coming off an unimaginable sophomore season wherein he led the NFL with 36 passing touchdowns; on the bottom, he set a file for quarterbacks with 1,206 speeding yards. With that 2019 marketing campaign, Jackson received the league’s MVP award, turning into solely the second participant in NFL historical past to take action unanimously.
As for the so-called Madden curse, Jackson stated he isn’t involved. Of course, the brand new cowl athlete all the time says that, however Jackson’s predecessor — Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes II, who graced the Madden NFL 20 cowl — lastly lifted the hex in February. Not solely did Mahomes lead the Chiefs to a comeback victory over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV; he received the Super Bowl MVP award, besides.
“I’m not worried about a curse,” stated Jackson. “Patrick Mahomes on the front; he won the MVP. So I will avoid that curse.”
Mahomes was the MVP for the 2018 season, the yr earlier than he introduced the Chiefs their first championship in 50 years. Jackson is hoping to tug off the identical feat.
“I’d love to follow that path right there: MVP, then Super Bowl,” said Jackson. “That’d be a great path to follow right there — I hope it happens, too.”
Of course, the standing of the 2020 soccer season is up within the air as a result of coronavirus, though kickoff isn’t till September. The NFL and its followers are hoping that the pandemic could have subsided by then, however both approach, Madden usually launches in August, so soccer aficionados ought to be capable to get their repair there. For its half, Madden writer Electronic Arts has but to formally announce Jackson as the quilt athlete for what’s going to presumably be known as Madden NFL 21. We’ve reached out to EA for remark, and we’ll replace this text with any info we obtain.
Update: EA confirmed Jackson as this yr’s Madden cowl athlete in a post on the series’ Twitter account, however plainly he jumped the gun on the announcement — the corporate chastised the Ravens’ account for a “leak” of the information. We’re nonetheless awaiting an official assertion from EA.