Madden 21 Cover: Could Sean Taylor be the cover star?

share to other networks share to twitter share to facebook

The Madden curse seems to be a thing of the past, which leaves the door open for the cover spot to be a celebration of football.

It is for this aim that an online petition has started to have Washington Redskins and Miami Hurricanes legend Sean Taylor on the cover of the next game.

Why Sean Taylor?

Sean Taylor's 9 OVR Zero Chill Madden 20 card
click to enlarge
+ 3

LEGEND: Madden has used Taylor nearly every year in MUT

The iconic safety tragically lost his life in November 2007 defending his home & family during a burglary.

Taylor, who wore #21 for Washington, was in his fourth season in the NFL and on his way to being one of the best players of his generation when his life was cut short.

The petition on argues that he should be honored as an alternate cover star for EA's flagship series when Madden 21 drops in August 2020.

Taylor wouldn't be the first former player to appear on a cover. In 2013 Madden celebrated its 25th anniversary by putting Barry Sanders on the cover. The Detroit Lions running back retired after the 1998 season, but that didn't stop EA from choosing him.

Next-gen consoles

The new PlayStation 5 logo
click to enlarge
+ 3

NEXT-GEN: The PS5 will take gaming to the next level

Madden 21, just like Madden 25, coincides with the arrival of next-gen consoles. For Madden 25, they used Sanders on the original cover and then Adrian Peterson on the next-gen release.

EA could do a similar move with Madden 21. They can put Sean Taylor on the cover for the Xbox One & PS4 release, and then use a contemporary star like Derrick Henry when the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X version comes out later in the year.

Who is likely to be the cover star?

Lamar Jackson celebrating in Madden
click to enlarge
+ 3

MVP: Lamar Jackson is likely to take home a lot of awards this year

There are several leading candidates for the Madden 21 cover already.


The presumptive MVP Lamar Jackson would be the clear favorite, but other players that had breakout campaigns like Derrick Henry, Chris Godwin, or TJ Watt could well find themselves the next in line for the coveted position.

However, it would be fitting for Madden, who use former players to maintain content in Ultimate Team, to honor someone whose career was cut tragically short.

For more articles like this, take a look at our Madden page.