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This article lists the Madden NFL cover athletes depicted on the Madden NFL video game box cover, along with the year of depiction.

Prior to 1999, every annual installment of the Madden NFL video game series primarily featured John Madden on its cover. In 1999, Electronic Arts selected Garrison Hearst to appear on the PAL version's cover, and has since featured one of the league’s top players on every annual installment.

Madden CurseEdit

While appearing on the cover has become an honor akin to appearing on the Wheaties box, much like the Sports Illustrated Cover Jinx certain players who appeared on the Madden video game box art have experienced a decline in performance, usually due to an injury.

Cover athletesEdit

Madden NFL cover athletes
• Presented by the Associated Press •
Year No. NFL MVP Pos Team Rate Yds TD Rush Yds TD Rec Yds TD
1999 Hearst1 Garrison Hearst RB 49ers helmet San Francisco 49ers -- -- -- 202 942 9 16 55 1
2000 Sanders1 Barry Sanders RB Lions helmet Detroit Lions -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2000 Levens1 Dorsey Levens RB Packers helmet Green Bay Packers -- -- -- 279 1,034 9 71 573 1
2001 EGeorge1 Eddie George RB Titans helmet Tennessee Titans -- -- -- 403 1,509 14 50 453 2
2002 Culpepper1 Daunte Culpepper QB Vikings helmet Minnesota Vikings 83.3 2,612 14 71 416 5 1 0 0
2003 Faulk00-01 Marshall Faulk RB Rams helmet St. Louis Rams -- -- -- 212 953 8 80 537 2
2004 Vick2ATL Michael Vick QB Falcons helmet Atlanta Falcons 69.0 585 4 40 255 1 -- -- --
2005 RLewis1 Ray Lewis MLB Ravens helmet Baltimore Ravens -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2006 McNabb1 Donovan McNabb QB Eagles helmet Philadelphia Eagles 85.0 2,507 16 25 55 1 -- -- --
2007 SAlexander1 Shaun Alexander RB Seahawks helmet Seattle Seahawks -- -- -- 252 896 7 12 48 0
2008 VYoung1 Vince Young QB Titans helmet Tennessee Titans 71.1 2,546 9 93 395 3 -- -- --
2009 Favre1 Brett Favre QB Packers helmet Green Bay Packers 81.0 3,472 22 21 43 1 0 2 0
2010 Larry Fitzgerald WR Cardinals helmet Arizona Cardinals -- -- -- -- -- -- 97 1,092 13
2010 Polamalu1 Troy Polamalu S Steelers helmet Pittsburgh Steelers -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2011 Brees1 Drew Brees QB Saints helmet New Orleans Saints 90.9 4,620 33 18 -3 0 1 7 0
2012 Hillis1 Peyton Hillis RB Browns REAL helmet Cleveland Browns -- -- -- 161 587 3 22 130 0
2013 Calvin Johnson WR Lions helmetDetroit Lions -- -- -- -- -- -- 122 1,964 5
2014 APeterson1 Adrian Peterson RB Vikings helmet Minnesota Vikings -- -- -- 279 1,266 10 29 171 1
2015 Richard Sherman CB Seahawks helmet Seattle Seahawks -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2016 Odell Beckham Jr. WR Giants helmet New York Giants -- -- -- 1 3 0 96 1,450 13
2017 Rob Gronkowski TE Patriots helmet New England Patriots -- -- -- -- -- -- 25 540 3
2018 Brady1 Tom Brady QB Patriots helmet New England Patriots -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

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