April 21 (UPI) — Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson will be the cover athlete for Madden 21.

The 2019-2020 NFL MVP introduced the distinction Tuesday throughout a convention name. Jackson, 23, handed for 3,127 yards, 36 scores and 6 interceptions final season. He additionally ran for 1,206 yards and 7 scores, setting the single-season document for speeding yards by a quarterback.

Jackson stated he is not apprehensive concerning the rumored Madden curse from earlier years. A number of gamers have been injured within the season after which they appeared on the cover. The most recent cover stars have not had such dangerous luck.

Madden 20 cover star Patrick Mahomes earned the distinction after he received the 2018-2019 MVP award. The Kansas Metropolis Chiefs quarterback sustained a knee harm this 12 months, however recovered to win the Tremendous Bowl. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was on the cover of Madden 18 and led his staff to a Tremendous Bowl look.

“Yeah, [EA Sports] talked to me, I’ll be on the cover of Madden,” Jackson stated. “I am not apprehensive a few curse. Patrick Mahomes was on the entrance … so I need that curse.”

EA Sports activities — the producer of the Madden collection — has not introduced a launch date for the soccer online game. Earlier variations of Madden have been launched in August.

“It is at all times been a dream of mine since I used to be a bit child, since I first began taking part in Madden,” Jackson stated. “It is dope. I’ve had each Madden,’ so for me to be on the entrance, it is a dream come true.”

Corridor of Fame linebacker Ray Lewis was the final Ravens participant to seem on the cover, in 2005. The Ravens will be part of the Tennessee Titans, Pittsburgh Steelers, Detroit Lions and New England Patriots as the one franchises to have gamers on the cover greater than as soon as.

Former NFL coach and commentator John Madden was on the cover for the primary 11 editions. Titans working again Eddie George was the primary athlete to be seem on the cover for Madden 2001.