Christian McCaffrey of the 49ers Creates Historic Moment as Madden 25 Cover Athlete

Christian McCaffrey has been named the cover athlete for Madden 25, a first for running backs in over a decade. The last runner to grace the Madden cover was in 2013 with Adrian Peterson on legacy consoles and Barry Sanders on next-gen systems. McCaffrey is also the first San Francisco 49er on the worldwide cover of Madden NFL since Garrison Hearst on the international cover of Madden 99.

In a statement via an EA Sports press release, McCaffrey expressed his excitement about being on the cover of Madden NFL, calling it a career achievement and an honor shared with his teammates, coaches, and the 49er Faithful. As the reigning Offensive Player of the Year, McCaffrey led the league in various stats during the 2023-24 season, such as scrimmage yards, rushing yards, and total touchdowns. Traded to San Francisco in October 2022, McCaffrey has quickly become a standout player for the team.

The presence of McCaffrey on the cover is justified by his popularity in the game. According to EA Sports Senior Production Director Mike Mahar, he was the most popular running back in last year’s game, with players scoring over 450 million touchdowns with him. With a recently signed two-year, $38 million contract extension, McCaffrey remains one of the highest-paid running backs in the league. After a successful season where San Francisco went 12-5 and clinched their eighth NFC title, McCaffrey and his team will aim to return to Super Bowl glory starting with their 2024-25 season opener against New York Jets on September 9th.

Madden 25 will launch on August 16th and will be available for Xbox (X, S & One models), PlayStation (5 &amp>σσσσσ&#x

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