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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 Curse[]

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 athletes[]

Madden NFL cover athletes
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Year No. NFL MVP Pos Team Rate Yds TD Rush Yds TD Rec Yds TD
1999 Hearst1.png Garrison Hearst RB 49ers helmet.png San Francisco 49ers -- -- -- 310 1,570 7 39 535 2
2000 Sanders1.png Barry Sanders RB Lions helmet.png Detroit Lions -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2000 Levens1.png Dorsey Levens RB Packers helmet.png Green Bay Packers -- -- -- 279 1,034 9 71 573 1
2001 EGeorge1.png Eddie George RB Titans helmet.png Tennessee Titans -- -- -- 403 1,509 14 50 453 2
2002 Culpepper1.png Daunte Culpepper QB Vikings helmet.png Minnesota Vikings 83.3 2,612 14 71 416 5 1 0 0
2003 Faulk00-01.png Marshall Faulk RB Rams helmet.png St. Louis Rams -- -- -- 212 953 8 80 537 2
2004 Vick2ATL.png Michael Vick QB Falcons helmet.png Atlanta Falcons 69.0 585 4 40 255 1 -- -- --
2005 RLewis1.png Ray Lewis MLB Ravens helmet.png Baltimore Ravens -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2006 McNabb1.png Donovan McNabb QB Eagles helmet.png Philadelphia Eagles 85.0 2,507 16 25 55 1 -- -- --
2007 SAlexander1.png Shaun Alexander RB Seahawks helmet.png Seattle Seahawks -- -- -- 252 896 7 12 48 0
2008 VYoung1.png Vince Young QB Titans helmet.png Tennessee Titans 71.1 2,546 9 93 395 3 -- -- --
2009 Favre1.png Brett Favre QB Packers helmet.png Green Bay Packers 81.0 3,472 22 21 43 1 0 2 0
2010 Larry Fitzgerald WR Cardinals helmet.png Arizona Cardinals -- -- -- -- -- -- 97 1,092 13
2010 Polamalu1.png Troy Polamalu S Steelers helmet.png Pittsburgh Steelers -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2011 Brees1.png Drew Brees QB Saints helmet.png New Orleans Saints 90.9 4,620 33 18 -3 0 1 7 0
2012 Hillis1.png Peyton Hillis RB Browns REAL helmet.png Cleveland Browns -- -- -- 161 587 3 22 130 0
2013 Calvin Johnson WR Lions helmet.pngDetroit Lions -- -- -- -- -- -- 122 1,964 5
2014 APeterson1.png Adrian Peterson RB Vikings helmet.png Minnesota Vikings -- -- -- 279 1,266 10 29 171 1
2015 Richard Sherman CB Seahawks helmet.png Seattle Seahawks -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2016 Odell Beckham Jr. WR Giants helmet.png New York Giants -- -- -- 1 3 0 96 1,450 13
2017 Rob Gronkowski TE Patriots helmet.png New England Patriots -- -- -- -- -- -- 25 540 3
2018 Brady1.png Tom Brady QB Patriots helmet.png New England Patriots 102.8 4,577 32 25 28 0 -- -- --
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