With Patrick Mahomes all but breaking the Madden curse with the Chiefs’ Super Bowl victory, we take a look at some worthy candidates to grace the cover of Madden 21.
The latest NFL season is in the books. With the Chiefs’ 31-20 victory over the 49ers in Super Bowl LIV, Patrick Mahomes effectively put an end to the Madden curse after being the cover athlete on Madden 20. Actually, if we look at the last few Madden cover stars, they really didn’t have down years.
Maybe the Madden curse is finally over, and NFL stars can appear on the game’s cover without fear of a down season or freak injury. If that’s the case, here are some NFL players deserving of the Madden 21 cover athlete. And no… Patrick Mahomes won’t be the cover athlete back-to-back years.
Even if we took away the 303 rushing attempts, 1,540 yards, 5.1 average, 16 rushing touchdowns and 2 receiving touchdowns from the regular season, Tennessee Titans RB Derrick Henry would be deserving of the Madden 21 cover star based on his postseason stats alone. The punishing back ran for 446 yards and two touchdowns in 3 playoff games that included victories over the Patriots and Ravens. Derrick Henry carried the Titans to the AFC Championship game.
Running backs and running the ball are back in fashion. There’s little answer for a dominant running game. And Derrick Henry was the deadliest runner we saw this year. Can’t wait for the Madden 21 feature when you can make a defender your lead blocker, as Henry did when he made Earl Thomas look stupid.