Lamar Jackson’s biggest update of Tuesday’s conference call with reporters was the news he broke himself. 

Jackson was asked about the potential of being on the cover of Madden 21, the EA Sports' video game licensed by the NFL which has been in production since the late 1980s. He confirmed first that EA Sports had been talking with him, then seconds later that he would be the cover athlete.

“It’s always been a dream of mine since I was a little kid, since I first started playing Madden,” Jackson said. “It’s dope. I’ve had every Madden, for me to be on the front of it, that’s a dream come true. That’s an accomplishment for the kids around here, where I’m from. It’s pretty cool.”

Last season’s cover athlete, Patrick Mahomes, dispelled any notion of the “Madden Curse,” as he followed up his MVP season with a Super Bowl victory over the 49ers. Jackson is hopeful he can follow a similar trajectory.


“I’m not worried about a curse,” Jackson said. “Patrick Mahomes was on the front, he won the MVP. So I want that curse. I hope that’s a curse.”

In Jackson’s second season in the NFL, he won the league’s MVP award after he threw for 3,127 yards and 36 touchdowns, in addition to the 1,206 yards he gained on the ground. He totaled 43 touchdowns and led the league’s best offense to the league’s best regular-season record.


As news of Jackson’s announcement spread, some around the NFL took to Twitter to expand on Jackson’s ability not only on the field, but virtually, too.

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