Why EA Sports made Christian McCaffrey Madden 25 cover athlete

After nearly a decade-long hiatus, the Madden cover is finally getting a taste of running back royalty, with none other than Christian McCaffrey taking center stage. It’s been a minute since we’ve seen a running back grace the cover—think Barry Sanders and Adrian Peterson back in 2013 for Madden NFL 25.

The anticipation has been building up like a pre-game huddle, especially after EA Sports dropped that slick teaser featuring McCaffrey belting out the iconic “EA Sports, it’s in the game” line. Talk about setting the stage for some serious gridiron glory!


Now, McCaffrey’s strapping on his virtual cleats, ready to join the elite ranks of Patrick Mahomes, Lamar Jackson, and Josh Allen as the fresh faces of Madden’s latest installment. And let’s not forget about that age-old Madden curse—McCaffrey’s here to defy the odds and show the world that superstitions don’t stand a chance against his game.

So, how did EA Sports land on McCaffrey for the cover? It’s a tale as epic as a last-second Hail Mary. They scoured the gridiron for next-gen talent, and McCaffrey emerged as the undeniable choice—a dynamic force on and off the field, primed to leave his mark on the Madden legacy.

Get ready, gamers, because with McCaffrey leading the charge, Madden NFL 25 is about to take the virtual pigskin to new heights. EA Sports, it’s McCaffrey’s game now!


Madden 25 cover athlete

EA Sports pulled off a game-changer on Tuesday, unveiling Christian McCaffrey as the latest gridiron gladiator to don the coveted Madden cover for Madden 25.

McCaffrey isn’t just joining the ranks; he’s making history as the sixth running back to claim this prestigious honor. He’s following in the iconic footsteps of legends like Eddie George, Marshall Faulk, Shaun Alexander, Peyton Hillis, and the dynamic duo of Sanders and Peterson, who shared the spotlight for the game’s 25th anniversary back in 2013.

Why the hype around McCaffrey? Well, let’s just say he’s been tearing up the turf with the finesse of a seasoned pro. With a jaw-dropping 2,023 all-purpose yards and a whopping 21 touchdowns for the 49ers, he’s not just a player; he’s a gridiron virtuoso. Plus, let’s not forget that he snagged the coveted AP Offensive Player of the Year title and played a pivotal role in steering the 49ers straight to the Super Bowl.

So, as McCaffrey gets set to take center stage on the Madden cover, it’s clear he’s not just making a splash—he’s rewriting the playbook on what it means to be a Madden cover star. Get ready for some serious virtual gridiron magic, courtesy of the one and only Christian McCaffrey!


Madden covers by year

Year Game Cover athlete
2000 Madden NFL 2001 Eddie George
2001 Madden NFL 2002 Daunte Culpepper
2002 Madden NFL 2003 Marshall Faulk
2003 Madden NFL 2004 Michael Vick
2004 Madden NFL 2005 Ray Lewis
2005 Madden NFL 06 Donovan McNabb
2006 Madden NFL 07 Shaun Alexander
2007 Madden NFL 08 Vince Young
2008 Madden NFL 09 Brett Favre
2009 Madden NFL 10 Troy Polamalu & Larry Fitzgerald
2010 Madden NFL 11 Drew Brees
2011 Madden NFL 12 Peyton Hillis
2012 Madden NFL 13 Calvin Johnson
2013 Madden NFL 25 Barry Sanders & Adrian Peterson
2014 Madden NFL 15 Richard Sherman
2015 Madden NFL 16 Odell Beckham Jr.
2016 Madden NFL 17 Rob Gronkowski
2017 Madden NFL 18 Tom Brady
2018 Madden NFL 19 Antonio Brown
2019 Madden NFL 20 Patrick Mahomes
2020 Madden NFL 21 Lamar Jackson
2021 Madden NFL 22 Tom Brady & Patrick Mahomes
2022 Madden NFL 23 John Madden
2023 Madden NFL 24 Josh Allen
2024 Madden NFL 25 Christian McCaffrey