Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen has fulfilled his childhood dream of becoming the cover athlete for Madden NFL 24, joining a list of elite NFL players who have graced the cover in recent years, such as Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes. Allen is the first Bills player to be chosen as the main cover star, and his selection reflects his rapid rise in the league, as he went from a high school player with zero offers to a star quarterback for the Buffalo Bills.
Allen expressed his excitement about being part of a small group of people who have ever touched the face of Madden and called it surreal and humbling. He has been instrumental in guiding the Bills to three straight AFC East division championships and was the runner-up for NFL MVP in 2020. The release date for Madden NFL 24 is set for August 18th.
This marks the fifth time in the last six years that a quarterback has appeared on the cover of Madden NFL. While some fans worry about the so-called Madden curse, previous cover stars such as Antonio Brown and Lamar Jackson have seen their careers decline after appearing on the cover, but the cover is likely to have little to do with on-field performance, and Allen's talent and potential as a dual-threat quarterback remain unchanged.
Madden video game culture has become a through line throughout the football lives of many kids, including Allen. He recalls playing Madden 2003 with his brother and always choosing his favorite team, the San Francisco 49ers. Allen believes that playing Madden helped him learn the nuances of real football, including different coverages, penalties, and offensive strategies. He even recalls a childhood memory of getting a Tic Tac stuck up his nose while playing Madden and having to visit a doctor to have it removed. Despite this mishap, Allen credits Madden with helping him become one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL.
In addition to Allen, the "Madden NFL 24" video game will feature the return of Superstar Mode, an updated Franchise Mode, an improved FieldSENSE, and new mini-games and customizable avatars. The game's release is highly anticipated, and it is expected to teach the next generation of football players about the fundamental basics of the game.
Overall, Josh Allen's selection as the cover athlete for Madden NFL 24 is a testament to his incredible talent and potential as a quarterback. The game's release is sure to be a hit, and fans are eagerly anticipating its arrival.