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Madden 25 Cover Features Barry Sanders

We've got ourselves a new Madden cover athlete.
We've got ourselves a new Madden cover athlete.

The Madden 25 cover has finally been decided by fans after weeks of voting, and in a clash between two of the greatest running backs of their respective generations, Barry Sanders took home the cover rights over Adrian Peterson.

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been considered by many to be the best active running back in the NFL from the moment he stepped onto the field in 2007 for his rookie season. It wasn’t until this past season, however, that he nearly broke the NFL’s single-season rushing record with 2,097 rushing yards on a mind-boggling 6.0 YPC.

That wasn’t enough, however, to unseat one of the most dynamic runners the game has ever seen.

Sanders retired from the NFL in 1998 when it seemed he still had a lot left to give to the sport, amassing 15,269 rushing yards and 99 rushing touchdowns in just ten seasons. Many believe Sanders would hold the rushing record if it weren’t for his “early” retirement, but the Detroit Lions pro bowl star escaped the game with his health, which has proven to be a difficult task for many of the game’s greats.

Now, for Madden NFL’s 25th anniversary, Barry Sanders will be on the cover, serving as a fitting commemoration to not only the NFL’s longest-running and most well-received football video game, but also perhaps the most electric running back of all time. If there ever was a player most-described as looking like something out of a video game in real life, it’s Sanders.

Along with the announcement of Sanders’ Madden 25 cover victory was the release of the game’s cover art which can be found below, although we’re not quite sure if this is the retail look or if it’s just a stand-in for now. It certainly looks like the real thing.

Madden 25 Cover Art Featuring Barry Sanders

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