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49ers star Christian McCaffrey named latest Madden cover athlete

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By JOSH DUBOW | AP Pro Football Writer

Christian McCaffrey grew up playing the Madden NFL video game with his brother, dreaming of being a player in the league one day.

Getting on the cover of the famed video game was never even a consideration.

Electronic Arts Inc. announced Tuesday that the San Francisco 49ers star running back will be on the cover of EA Sports Madden NFL 25 that launches worldwide on Aug. 16.

“It’s a huge honor,” McCaffrey said. “It’s something that I never really imagined happening to me. I always envisioned playing in the league and having success in the league. But being on the cover of Madden just never crossed my mind. I never thought that would happen to me.”

McCaffrey won the AP Offensive Player of the Year last season when he helped San Francisco reach the Super Bowl. He led the NFL with 2,023 yards from scrimmage and was tied for the NFL lead with 21 touchdowns.

The honor of the Madden cover comes a week after McCaffrey signed a two-year extension worth $38 million to remain under contract with the 49ers through the 2027 season. McCaffrey became the rare running back to cash in on a second big veteran deal as he pushes to raise the salary bar for a position that has seen little growth at the top of the market in the past decade.

McCaffrey is the first running back on the Madden cover since 2014, when Barry Sanders was on the worldwide cover and Adrian Peterson was on an alternate version for PS4 and XBox One.

“I think it’s big,” McCaffrey said about a running back getting the cover. “Hopefully it’s a step in the right direction for running backs. Over the last few years we’ve been a little bit slighted. So I’m hoping we can get things back to where they should be.”

The only other running backs to be featured on the worldwide cover are Peyton Hills (2012), Shaun Alexander (2007), Marshall Faulk (2003) and Eddie George (2001).

Garrison Hearst was on the international cover in 1999 and was the only 49ers player to be on any cover before McCaffrey this season.

McCaffrey hopes the publicity from the cover will help publicize a cause that is important to him. McCaffrey’s foundation launched the Logan Project last year to honor the memory of one of his young fans, Logan Hale, who died of cancer at age 13 in 2021.

McCaffrey sent a signed jersey to Hale late in his battle with cancer and Hale was buried in it. McCaffrey then learned about Hale’s wish to buy video game consoles for children’s hospitals around the country and sought to carry on that goal.



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