Fitzgerald, Polamalu share Madden NFL 10 cover

Super Bowl XLIII-appearing Cardinals wideout, Steelers safety become first duo to front box art for EA Sports' annual pro-football sim.

Electronic Arts was as much of a victim as anyone to the Brett Favre retirement controversy that dominated sports news headlines leading up to the 2008-2009 NFL season. After announcing that Favre would wear his hallmark Green Bay Packer uniform as the first retired player to feature on the cover of a Madden NFL game last year, EA was forced to completely rework the game's box art after the surefire Hall of Fame quarterback revealed that not only was he postponing retirement, but also switching teams to play for the New York Jets.

By comparison, EA's choice for an NFL all-star to cover this year's edition of the game seems as easy as tossing a touchdown to Randy Moss in single coverage. Today, EA Sports said that Super Bowl XLIII standouts Larry Fitzgerald and Troy Polamalu will both appear on the cover of Madden NFL 10 when it ships for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, Wii, and PSP on August 14. EA notes that Madden NFL 10 marks the first time that two athletes have appeared on the cover of the game since the franchise launched 21 years ago.

Larry Fitzgerald's appointment to the Madden NFL 10 cover makes him only the second player to appear on both the pro and collegiate editions of EA's annual gridiron sim, with the first being Shaun Alexander. As a wide receiver for the Arizona Cardinals, Fitzgerald has been selected to appear in the Pro Bowl three times, taking home MVP honors in the 2009 game. The athletic wideout also set NFL postseason records for yards (542), receptions (30), and touchdowns (7) last year.

A five-time Pro Bowler and two-time Super Bowl Champion, Troy Polamalu led the Pittsburgh Steelers' defense in the team's Super Bowl XLIII championship run last season. During the season, the versatile safety recorded seven interceptions, 73 tackles, and tied the NFL record for most sacks by a safety in a single game (3).

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87 comments
isaiah502
isaiah502

is it really madden 10. (sarcasm) no so say madden 2010 or madden 0 10 i dont know it just sounds wrong

Kris024
Kris024

Two covermen. This is so stupid. The Cardinals lost the Super Bowl anyway. Shouldn't the MVP be on the cover though? The MVP during the regular season would make the most sense as the coverman.

bmd3998
bmd3998

I think John Madden should've graced the cover considering......

KAISERKONG
KAISERKONG

lol @ ktomasi Can it really be called the "Madden Curse" anymore since John is now retired?

kytomasi
kytomasi

You Two (Fitzgerald & Polamalu) have great Careers, to bad its ready to be cut short. *Madden Curse*

Hi-Ed
Hi-Ed

@mattcarlo I have a copy of "John Madden Football '92" for the Sega Genesis. At least they used the apostrophe for that one.

INFAMOUSHAVOC
INFAMOUSHAVOC

hopefully the curse end here but we all seen what happen last year jets 8-3 and brett flops and retire once again

The_Dunc_man
The_Dunc_man

Good choice of players. If the cover curse continues they will probabbly clide into each other and both get injured in the pre-season game between them. Go Steelers

maverick_76
maverick_76

google madden curse and see for yourself.

maverick_76
maverick_76

I laugh at people that don't believe in the curse, look at every player that has graced the Madden cover. Either they were injured or had a horrible season that year, and in some cases never recovered (Dante Culpepper, Eddie George). I mean I though it was nuts but after Favre was on the cover and then he came back, how can that not be an accursed game cover?

maverick_76
maverick_76

Sucks for Cardinals and Steeler fans, I guess there will be two Madden Curses this year. I have to admit though, if anyone can break the curse it is these two guys.

coincollector78
coincollector78

Fitzgerald deserves to be on the Madden cover after the amazing playoff performance he had.

PHENO334
PHENO334

WOW...........why would they risk getting two primetime players hurt lol.....(knocks on wood)

buckeyejuggalo
buckeyejuggalo

@OcTAByo: No, really!? They're gonna call the 2010 editions of EA sports' titles (title name) 10!? OH EM GEE! Who knows!? Maybe next year they just might call it 11. Perhaps they'll throw us a curveball for once and call it Madden 10 and 1/2 (/sarcasm) Sorry but lack of common sense just cries out for a comment such as this.

aman594
aman594

the curse being referred to is an injury curse and even if brett farve did suck it still would be irrelevant

trw534
trw534

thats cool. I love the Madden football series they 're great!

RD1109
RD1109

I can't believe some of you guys actually believe the curse. It's football! Everybody gets hurt! Anyways, I really like the fact that Fitzgerald and Troy are on the cover. Great looking cover.

lozo777
lozo777

Well... Brett Favre didn't seem to get the curse last year... Lets hope it doesn't get these two...

gamepunk86
gamepunk86

good i'm gald polamalu's on the cover. hope the curse gets him good. Down with the steelers!!!

Mych53
Mych53

Congrats to those two guys, they deserve it. The cover looks awesome, but isn't this just tempting the curse?

gameweasl
gameweasl

The cover is great, it looks like fighting game. They should do this every year with a defensive and offensive player!!!

TrueGamer2
TrueGamer2

The cover looks good. cant wait to play

-Near-
-Near-

It reminds me of the street fighter IV cover with the artwork/photos, maybe its just me

gnbfd
gnbfd

@ Evilone1414 gee sorry the NFL's divisions are ****ed up Maryland isn't north of ****. It was (sadly) even in the confederation in the Civil War. But still, this year Ravens FTW, Steelers ftl

Bdjohnst
Bdjohnst

They should've put Madden on the cover at least. I don't hate the cover, just thought Madden deserves a nice farewell.

valdarez
valdarez

After readying all of the developer blogs and the posts by the developers themselves, I had expected something great from Madden this year. They even promised new animation technology. I was disgusted when I saw the new Madden 10 video. The animations look exactly the same. It's one thing when marketing misleads you, it's quite another when the developers themselves do the same.

thequietguy
thequietguy

This cover is sick, I knew Fitzgerald was going to be on the cover (pretty obvious), so Polamalu also on the cover is a nice surprise. Now let's see if the Madden curse will finally end, or become a double curse.

OcTAByo
OcTAByo

@mattcarlo: it seems like this year every EA's annual sports game is going to be called "10" i.e. Madden 10, FIFA 10, NHL 10, Tiger Woods 10... maybe next year we'll see Madden 2011

venomdeo
venomdeo

That looks cool I am glad Polamalu made it he deserved it.I AM a HUGE STEELERS fan.After they Won the SUPER BOWL one of our players deserved to be on the cover thats for dang sure.Here we go STEELERS here we go !!

jiggaloj
jiggaloj

The first thing I thought of when I looked at the cover was "Mortal Kombat." With that said, it looks pretty good.

mrzero1982pt2
mrzero1982pt2

good cover, but what addition will be made to the game? oh i know, timeouts now are a button combo! bleh, i love the cover, but i will never buy another madden again. sorry.

otanikun
otanikun

Awesome stuff, makes for a nifty cover

blank33
blank33

They both deserve it.

ACx7
ACx7

I like it... to bad i despise Polamalu.

LCPxIxCYRUS
LCPxIxCYRUS

this cover is not to bad, i like it. good mix up

xXFr34k_0uTXx
xXFr34k_0uTXx

I don't think it is a bad idea . . Looks pretty good to me.

zphyrsvn
zphyrsvn

@amoreno65: HAHAHA! couldn't have said it better myself!

Glade_Gnarr
Glade_Gnarr

Stupid Cardinals could have won that game easily if it wasn't for that interception at the end of the first half.

Niccara
Niccara

lol.. maybe EA thinks that by having two cover athletes a dual curse will reflect themselves and the players will have legendary seasons instead of disasters.. I dont know.. :lol:

amoreno65
amoreno65

Marshawn Lynch yeah right that ugly mofo will never be on the cover