There aren’t many accolades that Tom Brady hasn’t notched off his career checklist, but now he can scratch off one more. For the first time, he will be on the cover of EA’s Madden franchise when the game honors some of the NFL’s all-time best players in Madden NFL 18: G.O.A.T. Edition.
Brady, 39, has never been featured on the Madden cover. However, he was the cover athlete on NFL GameDay 2003 — a now defunct franchise. Here is his first cover on Madden:
The concern for the New England Patriots will be if the famous Madden curse claims another victim. Tight end Rob Gronkowski graced the cover a season ago, but he played in just eight games and watched Super Bowl 51 from the sideline after back surgery landed him on injured reserve.
Brady isn’t concerned about the curse and even threw in a few exclamation points to make sure he got the point across.
“The Madden NFL 18 cover is a great honor for me,” said Brady. “Especially since I have been playing the game since growing up next to EA headquarters in the Bay Area. I'm not one to believe in curses, so I'm ready to take the challenge head on like always! It doesn't stand a chance!!!”
Brady has a strong argument as the greatest of all time (G.O.A.T.) at the quarterback position after earning an NFL-record fifth Super Bowl ring in 2016. He’s a two-time NFL MVP and fourth all-time in both passing yards (61,582) and touchdowns (456).
Along with the announcement that Brady will be on the cover, EA released a trailer for the new game:
His spot on the cover marks the first time that teammates have earned the honor in back-to-back seasons.