Now that the 2020-21 NFL season is over, we can take a good look at the performance from each player and decide whether or not they deserve to make the cover of “Madden NFL 22”. Having the Madden Cover Athlete title is something a lot of players cherish. Lamar Jackson called it a “dream come true” and said he was shedding tears as he looked at himself on the cover. While there has been a brief spillover of the “Madden Curse,” it has largely been eliminated in recent years. In fact, four of the last five players on the cover just played in Super Bowl 55. While the first release of the video game was “Madden NFL 95”, players only began appearing on the cover of Madden in 2000. In the editions before that, it was John Madden simply graces the cover. It is noteworthy that in 1998, 49 players played Garrison Hearst’s back cover making on the PAL edition, which was released in markets outside North America. Players on the cover. Since then, EA Sports has gotten tough with midfielders, picking a position for nine of its 21 covers, more than any other position. Continue running backs with five caps. The wide receivers made four hoods. There were only three defensive stars, and one of them was on a common cover, and with all that in mind we’re trying to make our best predictions on who will be on the cover at Madden 22 (EA Sports) https: // images.daznservices.com/di/library/ sporting_news / 10 / 3c / aaron-rodgers-madden_1l4541mx7j1s811ig5ttw0fczh.png? t = -1849140529 & w = 500 & quality = 80 1. It seems Aaron Rodgers is the logical choice for a Madden 22 cover. He’s got an MVP award, and Madden’s last two MV covers are the winner. In the previous year. Also, Rodgers has been one of the most dominant players of the past decade, never having appeared on the cover of Madden. It seems that the time has come. But I almost feel it won’t make the cover because it seems to be the obvious choice. EA Sports may want to steer clear of the MVP award-winning sports trend. Also, the midfielder has been on the cover for three of the past four years. (EA Sports) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/8f/5d/derrick-henry-madden_1lcwa06qjp2n1q9a2pwbrxyd0.png?t=-1849141593&w=500&quality=80 2. Derek Henry As mentioned before, back Running has been a staple of Madden’s past covers. But the last time we had active activity on the cover was Madden 12, with Peyton Hillis (Barry Sanders was on the cover of Madden 14). Derek Henry is a great candidate for Madden 22 as he knocked out the 2000-yard season and MVP award. Also, due to the heavy passing meta in Madden 21, I could see EA Sports go the other way in Madden 22 and try to add more features to encourage people to run the ball. And what better way to spice up some extra playback features by running back on cover? (EA Sports) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/8b/8b/aaron-donald-madden_1m4b6goh322281jxcsoh08e9k5.png?t=-1849140529&w=500&quality=80 3. Aaron Donald There was only two separate defense Stars on the Madden cover – Richard Sherman in Madden 15 and Ray Lewis in Madden 2005. The only other defending player was Troy Pollamalo in Madden 10 alongside Larry Fitzgerald. Aaron Donald just won the Defensive Player of the Year award, an award he has won three times now, and he would be a great candidate for The Dark Persians for cover. While he would be the third solo defensive player to grace the cover, he would be the first ever defensive man to make it. Donald has also been a member of The 99 Club (players with a Madden’s 99 overall rating) for a few years now, so he appears to be the cover’s best defensive candidate. (EA Sports) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/cf/3d/travis-kelce-madden_11be4avawukxl1gt6cln1vk8m6.png?t=1845114049&w=500&quality=80 4. Travis Kelsey Travis Kelsey is only one of six Players finish Madden 21 with an overall rating of 99. One of these players has already appeared on the cover (Mahomes) and the other is a player we already mentioned (Donald). Kelce would be another unique choice as there was only one more narrow end to make the cover of Madden – Rob Gronkowski in Madden 17. Kelce definitely deserves the honor because he’s been in such a totally uncomfortable condition lately. He has five consecutive seasons at 1,000 yards, and 2020 was his best season so far. He finished his career in receptions (105), receiving yards (1416) and landings (11). Kelce feels it’s a fun choice, and a way off base, but he’s a player who deserves it well. (EA Sports) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/92/14/davante-adams-madden_1cww6m0n5i5oq13s7nozrer643.png?t=-1845114049&w=500&quality=80 5. Davante Adams We mentioned that the three big centers To earn honors are rear players, back running and wide receivers. I went with Davante Adams as my choice in wide receiver, but there are also worthy candidates. DeAndre Hopkins (another Club 99 member) has finished gaining more yards than Adams, which is a potential option. Tyreek Hill is a popular player in Madden for his 99 speed, and he’s a really good player in the game (but he’s going to come with a serious downside given his off-court history). Stefon Diggs led the league in the receiving yards last year, which is another option, too. But Adams feels he has the best chance out of all of them. He led the league in relegation (18) and had more yards per game (98.1) than any other player. He’s also a member of Club 99, which makes him feel like an outstanding candidate. (EA Sports) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/a/1e/josh-allen-madden_12897f2oqjt9010p4dqojgbxpf.png?t=-1845114049&w=500&quality=80 Darkhorse filter: Josh AllenIf EA Sports is in line with the lines On the cover this year, it looks like it’s supposed to be the Rodgers, which is why we’ve ranked him # 1. But Josh Allen is a fan favorite, a young midfielder who has come out of an impressive season. However, there are some obstacles to Allen actually making the covers. For starters, he doesn’t even get a 90+ overall rating in the game, playing for a smaller market team in Buffalo. If EA Sports wanted to have some fun choosing them this year, I could see Allen as a potential athlete. (EA Sports) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/15/f7/tom-brady-madde_11d4l2tp0llmp113e7b9z5m20h.png?t=-1845114049&w=500&quality=80 Bold prediction: Tom BradyEA Sports never used coverage Athlete more than once, but that’s exactly why Tom Brady feels like a potential choice. It’d be a great marketing ploy to include Brady on the cover of Madden 22. He’s with a different team, so the cover will have a fresh look, and he’ll basically cement his position as the Goat (the greatest of all time). Brady comes out on an amazing tour as he finished the Super Bowl and Super Bowl MVP episode. If EA Sports wants to be bold and go with a refined sports cover, Brady appears to be the only one who truly deserves it. He has many years of play left, so it would make sense for him to do so this year if that was something EA Sports wanted to think about.