Three of the past four cover athletes have been quarterbacks, so it is natural that our first selection is also a player who has a position under center. Bills quarterback Josh Allen is an ideal option for the most recent installment of the video game franchise especially after a 2020 season which saw him become an MVP-caliber quarterback. After his appearance in the AFC Championship, Allen set career records in passing yards as well as passing touchdowns. He had Buffalo just only a few steps away an Super Bowl appearance. At this stage in his career, Allen is already an established star. Allen is a favorite of the Bills Mafia would like to have Allen's image and logo on the cover of the Super Bowl.
If you're not interested in having to be the quarterback's cover and you don't want to cover the quarterback, I don't see any reason to overlook Derrick Henry. It was reported that there was a report in March which suggested Henry could be the cover's star athlete. While it's unclear if Henry will make the cover of this year's issue, it's certain that he is worthy of it. At times, the massive running back appears as something from the world of video games as the defenders he takes frequently on a daily basis. Henry was the league's top player in rushing in back-to-back years and also beat every skill position player in the 2020 season by the number of seasons from the scrimmage (2141). Madden NFL covers are not feasible if you've got 126.7 yards per game.
While it's possible to be skeptical of the notion of a defensive athlete making his way onto the Madden NFL cover, it isn't atypical at all. Richard Sherman was the last defensive player to be the cover player for the franchise in Madden NFL 15 and prior to that, we had the likes of Troy Polamalu (shared with Larry Fitzgerald, Madden NFL 10) and Ray Lewis (Madden NFL 2005) make it onto the cover as well. If you're on the lookout for this side of the ball to be a cover-athlete, there's no more dominant player than Donald, who has been an active member of the 99 Club for four straight seasons. In this regard the only place to rise in the game is getting to the cover.
When the teaser trailer was released this week, everybody believed that this was the result of a combination. It's no secret that Tom Brady is considered the greatest quarterback of all time (G.O.A.T), and Patrick Mahomes is widely considered to be the next great quarterback. It's only natural to think that there's a possibility or possibility there are two sportsmen on the cover. However, when EA Sports trots out an older goat as well as a baby goat in its teaser,, it's hard not to think of Brady and Mahomes. Both quarterbacks are no strangers to the Madden NFL cover, with Brady gracing it for Madden NFL 18 and Mahomes following the pattern a few years later for Madden NFL 20.
This combo would be repetitive although it's an excellent idea. It appears that they appeared in the front cover minutes ago. It's fitting, they went toe to toe in the Super Bowl last year.