Antonio Brown Announced as Madden 19 Cover Athlete

EA announced today that Antonio Brown will be the cover athlete for next year’s Madden, set to release in August. The cover of the game is highly coveted by NFL players, requiring both skill and widespread fan recognition. It has been a super-superstar every single year, except 2012 when EA allowed the internet to vote and ended up with Browns RB Peyton Hillis

“I am beyond honored to be on the cover of both Madden games,” said Brown in a press release. “There’s a lot of milestones athletes dream of… appearing on the cover of this year’s games, it’s clear that business is not just booming, but I’m also among the all-time greatest with these honors.”

The list of past cover athletes includes Ray Lewis, Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Barry Sanders, and Brett Favre. It’s effectively a list of some of the top players throughout history. 

Brown is the fourth wide receiver to be honored after Larry Fitzgerald in 2010, Calvin Johnson in 2013 and Odell Beckham Jr. in 2016. Since Eddie George became the first player on the cover, after they ran out of good images of Madden himself, there have been seven QBs, five RBs, four WRs and three defensive players. 

“AB has taken the league by storm the past few years and is arguably one of the best wide receivers to ever play in the NFL,” said Joshua Rabenovets, Sr. Brand Director at EA SPORTS in a press release. “His game is hot, he’s got a ton of personality on and off the field – he was an easy choice for the Madden NFL 19 cover.”

One thing possibly on Brown’s mind could be the Madden cover curse. It’s a funny topic and likely entirely coincidental but a large percentage of the players who have graced the cover have had serious injuries in the following two years. Recently Richard Sherman (Madden 2015, injured 2017) Odell Beckham (Madden 2016, injured 2017) and Rob Gronkowski (Madden 2017, injured 2017) have all fallen victim to the curse. Maybe 2017 was just a bad year in general though. Hopefully Brown doesn’t fall victim to the curse because there is no doubt he is one of the most electric players in the NFL. 

Rashad Jennings at top of Giants' depth chart

<p> The Giants wasted no time naming their starting running back, whether it's an accurate depiction of where the group is or if it's just something to float our there for the sake of it.</p> <p> <a href="https://twitter.com/RVacchianoNYDN/status/492355292064391168">According to the New York Daily News, at the top of the position group is offseason signee Rashad Jennings</a>, who ended last year strong as a member of the Oakland Raiders. Jennings began the year backing up Darren McFadden in Oakland, but filled in as a starter once McFadden went down to injury.</p> <p> Jennings took a stranglehold on the position and wound up running for 733 yards and six touchdowns in eight starts. It appears the Giants have big plans for Jennings this upcoming season.</p> <p> Sitting as Jennings' primary backup is David Wilson, a first-round draft pick in 2012. Wilson had problems fumbling the ball a year ago but also seriously injured his neck. He recently tweeted that he's been cleared to play this season. If Wilson can hold onto the football then he should be able to take some reps of his own.</p> <p> Rounding out the running back depth chart are Peyton Hillis and rookie Andre Williams, in that order. Potential is present for the Giants' running back group, but production is yet to be determined.</p> <p> Follow me on Twitter: <a href="http://twitter.com/jasonhbutt">@JasonHButt</a></p>