Lamar Jackson to be Madden NFL 21 Cover Athlete

Coming off his first MVP season, Baltimore Ravens star quarterback Lamar Jackson is going to be adding another honor as he will be on the cover of Madden NFL 21.

The announcement came from Jackson himself via the Baltimore Ravens Twitter account.

In the video, Jackson said that EA Sports had talked to him about being on the cover of this year’s game.

Jackson follows fellow superstar QB Patrick Mahomes, who appeared on the cover of Madden NFL 20. If last year is any idication, Jackson and the Ravens should hope that Mahomes was the start of the “Madden Blessing” after the Chiefs won Super Bowl LIV.

“I’m not worried about a [Madden] curse,” Jackson said.

He continued in another video: “It’s always been a dream of mine since I was a little kid when I started playing Madden. It’s dope. I’ve had every Madden, so for me to be on the cover, it’s a dream come true.”

After the announcement, EA Sports responded on Twitter seemingly voicing their displeasure with the announcement happening the way it did.

With Jackson now set to grace the cover of this year’s game, he will become the second Baltimore Raven to have the honor after former Ravens great Ray Lewis was on the cover 16 years ago for Madden NFL 05. The Ravens also become just the second team to have an active player (at the time) be featured twice on a cover, joining the New England Patriots who were featured in Madden NFL 17 (Rob Gronkowski) and 18 (Tom Brady).