Madden NFL 25 Cover Reveal: Examining Each Team’s Best Cover Athlete Candidate

With the Madden cover athlete set to be announced, we go through the NFL and break down each team's most worthy candidate.

To be put on the Madden cover is a big deal for the athletes. It’s a unique honor that many players often dream of but not many receive. With its latest update, EA Sports has let the world know when we can find out who the latest cover athlete is, and we discuss who may be worth gracing the cover for each NFL team.

Update: EA Sports officially announced that San Francisco 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey will be the Madden NFL 25 cover athlete.

When Is the Madden Cover Athlete Reveal?

EA Sports took to social media last week to let the gaming and NFL world know that the newest cover athlete will be announced on June 11.

They did so with a quick 11-second video that only shows the cameraman behind the scenes of a photo shoot before a purposefully unrecognizable voice is heard saying the famous slogan “EA Sports … it’s in the game.”

The most recent cover athletes were Josh Allen (Madden NFL 24), John Madden himself (Madden NFL 23), Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes (Madden NFL 22), and Lamar Jackson (Madden NFL 21). We will soon learn who will next be given the honor be a Madden cover athlete.

Who Is the Best Cover Athlete Candidate for Each Team?

The latest Madden cover athlete is a well-kept secret every year. Fans speculate and debate why their favorite player should be the one to be chosen, while some would rather not see theirs due to the perception of the Madden curse.

No matter how you look at it, it’s a big deal and an interesting decision with many deserving options. We take a look at all NFL teams and who may be their most worthy selections for this year’s cover.

Arizona Cardinals: Kyler Murray

Kyler Murray has come back from injury and has begun to regain form. The Arizona Cardinals look to be on an upward trajectory going forward. While Murray has had an uneven start to his career, there is no doubt that he is still an electric NFL QB who draws attention while on the field.

Atlanta Falcons: Kirk Cousins

At this point, there isn’t anything that seems too far-fetched when it comes to Kirk Cousins. From wearing chains on a plane to being nicknamed “Big Kirko,” Cousins is always down to have a little bit of fun, even if it is at his own expense. Putting him on the cover seems like something that would be out of his element, but that appears to be how he likes it.

Baltimore Ravens: Derrick Henry

Derrick Henry is still one of the more feared RBs in the NFL despite the change of location. Put him in the Ravens’ all-black uniform with a sweet-tinted visor, and you have yourself a cool Madden cover. It almost feels unimaginable that he has never graced the cover at this point in his career.

Buffalo Bills: James Cook

We go from an older RB still wreaking havoc to a younger back who is just beginning his career. James Cook will be leaned on a lot in Buffalo this season, and with him coming fresh off a career year in 2023, he may be the young rising star Madden looks to for their next cover.

Carolina Panthers: Derrick Brown

Defensive tackles don’t get enough love, and Derrick Brown is one of the best in the NFL at the spot. Add on the fact that this roster lacks consistent superstar play or the ability to stay on the field, like in the case of Jaycee Horn, and Brown may be the best the Carolina Panthers have for options.

Chicago Bears: Caleb Williams

This would be unprecedented and probably will never happen, but who has changed the landscape and outlook of their team before touching the field in recent years more than Caleb Williams has so far in Chicago? His presence alone has allowed for hope and the ability to build around something, and if Madden was ever going to put a rookie on the cover, it might as well be Williams.

Cincinnati Bengals: Joe Burrow

Joe Burrow just might be the coolest dude in the NFL. His big-game ability mixed with his chill demeanor makes him one of the NFL’s biggest stars. If Burrow was the choice for the cover even after an injury-filled season in 2023, I don’t think there would be many gripes about it.

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Cleveland Browns: Myles Garrett

Myles Garret is as dominant of a pass rusher as the NFL has today and a very worth option for the cover if Madden decides to go defense. Garrett’s physical presence is outrageous, and his play on the field is just as imposing, setting up what could be one of the more deserving choices in the entire NFL.

Dallas Cowboys: Micah Parsons

Micah Parsons is a gamer, an advocate for the game itself, and a star in the league. Add on the fact that Parsons would be the first member of the Dallas Cowboys to don the cover, and this may make too much sense.

Denver Broncos: Pat Surtain II

When your initials are PS2 and you have a game controller for a chain, putting you on the cover of Madden almost feels like a no-brainer from a gamer’s standpoint. Furthermore, he is a baller on the field, and you could make as strong of a case for Patrick Surtain II as any other defensive player. The Denver Broncos have struggled lately, and that may hurt his chances, but he is a growing star in this league nonetheless.

Detroit Lions: Amon-Ra St. Brown

Amon-Ra St. Brown and his Detroit Lions have rightfully earned attention over the last year. Playing for a team on the rise that was close to being the NFC representative in the Super Bowl, St. Brown has every reason to believe he is a worthy candidate for the Madden cover. And on a team filled with talent, St. Brown may be the biggest star of them all right now.

Green Bay Packers: Jordan Love

Jordan Love has arrived, and the Green Bay Packers have another QB of the future to build around. Love exploded onto the scene in 2023 and made a surprising playoff run that has many around the NFL putting him in the tier of QBs who can be next up in the NFL.

Houston Texans: C.J. Stroud

This needs no explanation: Stroud is not only worthy of being on the cover, but he may get it this year when it is all said and done. The Offensive Rookie of the Year winner has completely changed the trajectory of the Houston Texans franchise and has a chance to be one of the best QBs in the NFL if he follows up with another great year in his second season.

Indianapolis Colts: Jonathan Taylor

If Anthony Richardson didn’t get hurt then he may have had consideration here, but that’s merely based on potential and excitement. Jonathan Taylor has had his ups and downs during his career, but he has been a productive top-tier RB since entering the league. He is the most worthy choice on an intriguing Indianapolis Colts team.

Jacksonville Jaguars: Trevor Lawrence

Expectations have been sky-high for Trevor Lawrence since entering the NFL. While he hasn’t met the lofty goals set for him, he is still on the upswing in his career with a chance to take his game to another level in 2024. QBs always seem to get preferential treatment, especially when it comes to media like Madden; so while it may not be the first choice, it wouldn’t be all that shocking to see him on the cover either.

Kansas City Chiefs: Travis Kelce

It would be easy to pick Patrick Mahomes here, but the only person in the NFL who has gotten more attention and time in the public eye is his teammate Travis Kelce. The Kelce family has had a well-documented run over the last couple of years, and putting the superstar tight end on the Madden cover could be the icing on the cake.

Las Vegas Raiders: Maxx Crosby

Maxx Crosby is another one of the league’s most feared pass rushers, and he does it with such swagger as well. A Madden cover with Crosby may be the coolest-looking one based on aura alone. Put “Mad Maxx” on the cover and let Raiders Nation enjoy it.

Los Angeles Chargers: Justin Herbert

Herbert is another young QB looking to take his game to the next level. He is in the discussion with some of the best passers in the league, a tier that has people excited about what he can do … they’re just waiting for it to turn into wins and playoff success. Forget about the Madden curse — maybe putting him on the cover will help him get over the hump.

Los Angeles Rams: Puka Nacua

Another young player that exploded onto the scene in 2023, Puka Nacua has a chance to be one of the faces of the NFL for a long time. Going from a Day 3 draft pick to the cover of Madden in one year would be a heck of a story arc.

Miami Dolphins: Tyreek Hill

You could go with Jaylen Waddle here, but it’s clear the Miami Dolphins’ offense begins with Tyreek Hill. An interesting NFL personality who is known for having fun on the field, Hill would be a quality choice for the honor.

Minnesota Vikings: Justin Jefferson

Justin Jefferson is my choice to be on the cover this year. Now the highest-paid non-QB in the NFL, Jefferson is an absolute superstar, and the one way to cap off his great offseason is by being named this year’s cover athlete, which I think will happen.

New England Patriots: Matthew Judon

The Naw England Patriots are a young team going through a transition right now, but they do have a star in Matthew Judon. He was injured last season, but Judon is a playmaker who wreaks havoc when he is on the field, making him the best choice for the Patriots.

New Orleans Saints: Alvin Kamara

Alvin Kamara is still an RB whom the kids watch with awe. His dynamic running style, and his ability to hit the home-run play, make him a quality choice to represent the New Orleans Saints on the Madden cover.

New York Giants: Dexter Lawrence II

Dexter Lawrence may be the best interior DL in the NFL now that Aaron Donald is retired. He is on a New York Giants team struggling to find its footing right now, but his ability cannot be understated. Give the big guys some love, and Lawrence being a Giant could be a good way to break the ice.

New York Jets: Sauce Gardner

Sauce Gardner could be the perfect Madden cover choice. He’s young, a playmaker, and is already a superstar in a massive media market. Many expect big things from the New York Jets this year, and having one of their stars on the cover could be another example of that feeling.

Philadelphia Eagles: Jalen Hurts

Jalen Hurts had his Philadelphia Eagles in the Super Bowl and within striking distance of beating the Chiefs for a Super Bowl title not long ago. Despite 2023 not finishing the way they had hoped it would, Hurts is still a superstar in the NFL. From his aura to his Air Jordan brand cleats, putting Hurts on the cover of Madden would be a cool option.

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Pittsburgh Steelers: George Pickens

I could’ve gone a few different ways here, including Minkah Fitzpatrick, but when I think about the Pittsburgh Steelers, I think about George Pickens and what he has been able to do in his young career. He is a growing star in the NFL, and while there may be some more worthy options across the league this year, who knows what the future holds for Pickens going forward?

San Francisco 49ers: Christian McCaffrey

If it wasn’t for Justin Jefferson, my personal choice for the Madden cover this year would be Christian McCaffrey. CMC is the best RB in the NFL on a quality San Francisco 49ers team that just came up short in the Super Bowl. McCaffrey could be the get when it is all said and done and I don’t think anyone would have a problem with it.

Seattle Seahawks: Devon Witherspoon

The Seattle Seahawks have some young, intriguing talent to work with, and Witherspoon may be the best of the bunch. The young CB came into the NFL and immediately put himself in the mix as one of the best at his position. It would be out of left field to be selected, but he is a budding superstar, so I could understand the decision.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Mike Evans

As well-liked as Mike Evans is around the league, it still feels like the veteran WR doesn’t get the respect he deserves. Evans has been at the top of his position his entire career, and putting him on the Madden cover this year would be a nice sign of respect for the long-time Tampa Bay Buccaneer.

Tennessee Titans: DeAndre Hopkins

DeAndre Hopkins is another veteran WR who has been doing his thing for quite some time. His production may not be as consistent as Evans’, but Hopkins has been known for being a true game-changer throughout his career. There are far worse options than Hopkins for the Madden cover.

Washington Commanders: Terry McLaurin

Rounding out the group is Washington Commanders WR Terry McLaurin. Plagued with inconsistent QB play for the entirety of his career, McLaurin has still found ways to be productive and consistent. There’s been a changing of the guard in Washington with Dan Quinn now in charge, but the one thing they can bank on is McLaurin giving it everything he’s got.

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