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Christian McCaffrey Debuts as the Madden NFL 25 Cover Athlete

San Francisco 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey's exciting offseason continues. On Tuesday, a week after putting pen to paper on a two-year extension with the red and gold, the reigning NFL Offensive Player of the Year was unveiled as the Madden 25 cover athlete. He is the first player from the 49ers organization to be featured on the cover of the popular Electronic Arts video game since Garrison Hearst was on the international cover in 1999.

The trailer for Madden NFL 25 drops on June 13, and the official release date for the game is August 16.

McCaffrey joins an exclusive club of iconic NFL players that have graced the cover of Madden, beginning in 2001 with running back Eddie George. The first iteration of the game was launched in 1988, and Hall of Fame head coach and sports broadcaster John Madden was the cover personality featured on the 80s, 90s and 2000 editions of Madden.

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Year Cover Athlete
2001 Eddie George
2002 Daunte Culpepper
2003 Marshall Faulk
2004 Michael Vick
2005 Ray Lewis
2006 Donovan McNabb
2007 Shaun Alexander
2008 Vince Young
2009 Brett Favre
2010 Troy Polamalu and Larry Fitzgerald
2011 Drew Brees
2012 Peyton Hillis
2013 Calvin Johnson
2014 Barry Sanders/Adrian Peterson (two versions)
2015 Richard Sherman
2016 Odell Beckham Jr.
2017 Rob Gronkowski
2018 Tom Brady
2019 Antonio Brown
2020 Patrick Mahomes
2021 Lamar Jackson
2022 Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes
2023 Josh Allen
2024 Christian McCaffrey

The OPOY is set to enter his ninth season in the league and his third season with the 49ers since being traded in Week 7 of the 2022 season. McCaffrey is coming off the best statistical season of his career that in addition to OPOY honors included unanimous First-Team All-Pro and Pro Bowl selections.

With his top-tier production level in 2023, McCaffrey cemented himself into the league's history books. He closed out the season as the NFL rushing yards leader (1,459), the league rushing touchdowns leader (14), the scrimmage triple-crown title holder (leader in touches, yards and touchdowns) and eclipsed the 2,000-yard scrimmage yards mark for the second time in his career. McCaffrey is just the third player in NFL history to record 2,000-or-more yards with two different franchises, joining the likes of Hall of Fame running backs Eric Dickerson (Los Angeles Rams and Indianapolis Colts) and Marshall Faulk (St. Louis Rams and Colts).

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