In tribute to John Madden, all Madden NFL covers since 2000

We set about the task of recovering and completing this list in memory of the man who bequeathed his surname to this jewel of video games

John madden He passed away early on Tuesday, December 28. The Super Bowl champion with the Raiders is one of the most recognized faces in the NFL and worldwide, not only for his work on the grids or his work in the media, but also for being the symbol of a winning franchise …

The videogame Madden NFL is one of the best assets of EA Sports. Madden himself helped develop it, perfect the gameplay and experience it offered. There is a before and after in sports video games once he put his knowledge at the service of programmers.

With regard to his heartfelt death and in homage to one of the best pieces of popular culture, we recount the covers of Madden.

The list includes the covers of the video game from the 2000 version; John Madden was on the cover of the game in all previous editions.

1. Barry Sanders (Cover 2000, season 1999)

What happen after? He gave valuable content to his hometown newspaper during a short news period by faxing his retirement announcement. Sanders wanted the Detroit Lions to have time to plan life without him, so he timed the fax to come near the time he was scheduled to report to training camp (Sanders appeared in the background of an illustration focused on John Madden) .

2. Eddie George (Cover 2001, season 2000)

What happen after? He set a career-high rushing for 1,509 yards while catching 50 passes and scoring 16 total touchdowns and his Tennessee Titans were 13-3. George fumbled that helped end the Titans’ Super Bowl hopes.

3. Daunte Culpepper (Cover 2002, season 2001)

What happen after? He started 80 percent of the Vikings’ wins that season (four of five) and was one of 21 passers to finish with more touchdown passes (14) than interceptions (13). A knee injury cost him four games, in which the Vikings fell to a 1-4 record en route to a 5-11 season finale. The losing streak cost coach Dennis Green his job.

4. Marshall Faulk (Cover 2003, season 2002)

What happen after? He rushed for 953 yards, better than 298 players who had at least one carry that season, fewer than just 22 players and just 429 yards less than his previous season. It was the closest Faulk got to 1,000 yards in a season in the last four years of his Hall of Fame career.

5. Michael Vick (Cover 2004, season 2003)

What happen after? He gave Atlanta Falcons fans an entire day to celebrate Madden’s announcement before fracturing his fibula in a preseason game. Vick started four games and won three of them, but backups were ineffective in the other 12. The Falcons finished 5-11.

6. Ray Lewis (Cover 2005, season 2004)

What happen after? He was repeated as a member of the All-Pro first team and selected to the Pro Bowl, which by definition means he remained one of the best players at his position. The 1-4 start that caused the Baltimore Ravens to miss the playoffs? It wasn’t Ray’s fault. The broken wrist and missing the Week 17 game? The curse!

7. Donovan McNabb (Cover 2006, season 2005)

What happen after? He won the NFC Offensive Player of the Month award and bravely faced verbal harassment from wide receiver Terrell Owens. Even more valiant was McNabb’s attempt to play with a sports hernia and a hand injury, but the Philadelphia Eagles finally gave him rest after a disastrous interception that led to a loss at home to the Dallas Cowboys. He started more than half of the Eagles’ games (nine of 16).

8. Shaun Alexander (Cover 2007, season 2006)

What happen after? He rushed for 896 yards, just 984 yards less than his previous season. He also secured an eight-year contract extension that is still being discussed in NFL trading classes. Even better, Alexander played another two seasons before exiting the league.

9. Vince Young (Cover 2008, season 2007)

What happen after? He threw nine touchdown passes and started 15 of the Titans’ games, of which the team won nine. He also had 17 interceptions, was benched in the preseason for violating NFL team rules, a quadriceps injury and the end of his streak of back-to-back Pro Bowl trips, which stayed at one.

10. Brett Favre (Cover 2009, season 2008)

What happen after? He offered his services after retirement to the Green Bay Packers, who traded him to the New York Jets. He threw for 3,472 yards – the sixth-highest total in Jets history at the time – and threw at least as many touchdowns (22) and interceptions (22) for the fourteenth time in his career. A strained bicep halted his season and Favre retired once again for several months.

11. Troy Polamalu / Larry Fitzgerald (Cover 2010, season 2009)

What happen after? The weird double cover, and the uneven seasons that followed, forced me to take the easy way out and rate this in the middle. Polamalu played five games, the fewest of his career, after spraining his knee in Week 1 and injuring himself again later in the season. However, Fitzgerald persevered. He led the NFL with his career-high 13 touchdown receptions and helped the Arizona Cardinals reach the playoffs.

12. Drew Brees (Cover 2011, season 2010)

What happen after? He surpassed the 4,000-yard mark for the fifth year in a row, a streak that reached 10 years in 2015. Brees led the NFL with a 68.1 completion percentage and that doesn’t include the 22 times he landed with the opposing team. the highest figure of his career. The Saints lost in the Wild Card Round, in part because of an unfair playoff structure that forced an 11-5 team to play away against a Seahawks team that won the NFC West with a 7-9 record.

13. Peyton Hillis (Cover 2012, season 2011)

What happen after? He rushed for more than double the yards (587) of any other Cleveland Browns running back, and that was after missing six games with tonsillitis and a hamstring injury. The Browns determined they couldn’t afford his services – a year after rushing for 1,177 yards – and allowed him to leave in free agency.

14. Calvin Johnson (Cover 2013, season 2012)

What happen after? nothing important. He only set the NFL record for receiving yards in a season (1,964), breaking the record that Jerry Rice had held for 17 years. Johnson managed to stay away from the effects of the cover for three years over 1,000 yards before retiring in March 2016.

15. Adrian Peterson and Barry Sanders (Cover 2014, season 2013)

What happen after? Peterson finished fifth in the NFL with 1,266 rushing yards and tied for third with 10 touchdown carries, despite missing two games with a sprained foot. It wasn’t a bad season after his NFL MVP campaign, even if it ended with the Minnesota Vikings 5-10-1 record and the firing of head coach Leslie Frazier. Two years later, Peterson was once again the NFL running champion (Sanders appeared on the main cover, while Peterson was on the cover for the PS4 and Xbox One versions).

16. Richard Sherman (Cover 2015, season 2014)

What happen after? He repeated as a selection to the first team All-Pro and the Pro Bowl. Sherman’s interceptions fell from eight in 2013 to four in 2014, and the Seattle Seahawks were unable to repeat as Super Bowl champions. Yet he was the league’s least-wanted cornerback – he was challenged on about 6 percent of his total plays, according to Pro Football Focus – and he’s still one of the best defenders in the league.

17. Odell Beckham Jr. (Cover 2016, season 2015)

What happen after? He finished the season tied for second in the NFL in touchdown receptions (13). Beckham also ranked fifth in yards (1,450), eighth in receptions (96) and first in hitting against then-Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Norman.

18. Rob Gronkowski (Cover 2017, season 2016)

What happen after? The curse struck one of its most legendary blows of all time. Gronkowski suffered the worst season of his career, limited first by a hamstring injury and later by season-ending back surgery. He missed half of the Patriots’ regular-season games and his entire career to Super Bowl LI, catching just 25 passes for 540 yards and three touchdowns. The three figures were the lowest of his career. On the bright side, Gronkowski will be just 28 years old and should be ready to play when the 2017 season begins.

19. Tom Brady (Cover 2018, season 2017)

What happen after? After a 2016 season of less than 3,000 yards, the quarterback completed for 4,577 and 102.8 QBR. Enough performance to lead the Pats to Super Bowl LII to lose to the unexpected Nick Foles and his Philadelphia Eagles.

20. Antonio Brown (Cover 2019, season 2018)

What happen after? Best year for wide receiver in touchdowns: 15. He had 1,297 yards (it was his sixth consecutive season with more than 1,000 passing yards). Then he would go to the Patriots and the brilliant receiver that he was on the Pittsburgh Steelers would be turned off, only to resurface alongside Brady with the Buccaneers.

21. Patrick Mahomes (Cover 2020, season 2019)

What happen after? The yards decreased. After a 2018 of more than 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns, 2019 was a low year of 4,031 and 26 touchdowns. The result of that effort: winner of the Super Bowl and MVP of that Super Sunday.

22. Lamar Jackson (Cover 2021, season 2020)

What happen after? The Baltimore Ravens quarterback decreased his performance from the previous season. It still remained a solid effort of more than 2,700 passing yards and 26 touchdowns, plus 1,005 rushing yards and seven personal touchdowns per carry. It was worth another berth to the playoffs, advancing to the divisional round, but losing to the Buffalo Bills.

23. Patrick Mahomes and Tom Brady (Cover 2022, Season 2021)

What happen after? On the Mahomes side, the campaign was a roller coaster of emotions, but now his Chiefs have eight consecutive victories, a healthy 11-4 and are heading to other playoffs in which they will undoubtedly be contenders; For their part, the champions and Brady (11-4) will defend their status and who knows, the same and they will face those of Kansas City again.

Information from Kevin Seifert and AP was used in that piece.