With the Super Bowl LV wrapped up, we are now halfway through this cycle of EA SPORTS Madden NFL. Now in the offseason, EA Sports prepares for the next installment while also wrapping up the current iteration.
However, one thing many Madden fans look forward to each year is the announcement of the next game's cover star. For Madden 21, the cover star was MVP Lamar Jackson, one of the hottest young quarterbacks leading the surge of talent entering the 2020s. So who may we see grace the cover of Madden 22 this year? Here are five of our potential picks.
Madden 22 Cover: 5 Players Favored for the Cover
1. Aaron Rodgers
This one shouldn't come as a shocker, the 2020 NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers. The legendary Packers QB led his team to a 13-3 record last season, only upset by eventual Super Bowl champs Tampa Bay (who we'll get to later). Winning his third MVP is already a huge accomplishment, not to mention the man is 37 years old doing things that some 27-year-olds dream of doing.
There's no debate that Aaron Rodgers should be one of the two favorites to secure the Madden 22 cover job, something he has yet to do in his illustrious career. After this past season, this may be one of his final opportunities to join the cover club.
2. Tom Brady
Some of you may have freaked out not seeing Tom Brady's name first, but of course, you have to include a pair of GOATs in this list, both having impactful season's last year, but Brady is the one who made it to the promised land, for the seventh time.
After joining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season, the team's hype was real, and Brady proved that at 43 years old, he's still got what it takes to be a Super Bowl caliber quarterback by leading the Bucs to an 11-5 record and Super Bowl win over the reigning champion Kansas City Chiefs, and winning the Super Bowl MVP. He cemented his GOAT status by winning his seventh ring, and while he has already been the cover of Madden 18, there's no denying he is a favorite to be the face of Madden for the second time, and it'll be hard for many to be upset at the choice.
3. Josh Allen
While this may seem like a surprise pick, Josh Allen is certainly deserving of being in the conversation for Madden 22 cover. Josh Allen broke out in his third season, becoming a legitimate MVP candidate throughout the season alongside teammate Stephon Diggs, and leading the Buffalo Bills to becoming one of the best teams in football. He has had his highlights both on the run and with his arm, and fans fell in love with him and the Bills this season as underdogs in the AFC against reigning Super Bowl champs the Chiefs.
Another member of the next wave of talented and dynamic young QBs in the league, don't be surprised to see Allen in not just this discussion, but future discussions for the Madden 21 cover, he can be the first Bill to ever achieve Madden cover status.
4. Derrick Henry
King Henry wasn't able to lead his Tennessee Titans very far in the playoffs this past season, but that doesn't put away the fact that his 2020 season was a special sequel to his 2019 campaign. Derrick Henry is huge, both on and off the field, and fans love using him in Madden for his size and speed, so he already has that Madden playability factor going for him.
Henry ran for over 2,000 yards this past season and scored 17 touchdowns, both league-leading statistics for rushers. His 2027 yards were the fifth-most in a single season in NFL history, only behind legends like Adrian Peterson, Eric Dickerson, Jamal Lewis and Barry Sanders. While he is yet to add a Lombardi trophy to his trophy cabinet, King Henry is certainly deserving of adding a Madden Cover Star to that resume, and he will be a favorite for the honor for years to come. And if selected, he will be the first Running-Back to be on the cover since Barry Sanders Madden 25 anniversary cover in 2014.
5. Davante Adams
Another surprising but deserving pick, we have the teammate of our first pick, Davonte Adams: one of the lead contributors to Aaron Rodgers' 2020 MVP award, and one of the best receivers in the league.
You can't be a successful passer if you don't have receivers, and Davonte Adams caught the ball like few others in 2020. With 1,374 receiving yards and 18 touchdowns, Adams was hands down one of the biggest offensive threats in the league last season. Whether it be close inside or deep in the red zone, if you got the ball to Adams, he could make something special happen. After gaining a lot of respect from fellow players and fans this season, Davante Adams is in his prime now and would be another great pick out of Green Bay for the Madden cover.