Which wide receivers featured on the Madden cover had the most impressive seasons?

Which Madden Cover Wide Receivers Had the Best Seasons?
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Arizona sports betting enthusiasts know that being selected as the cover athlete for EA Sports’ Madden video game is a prestigious achievement highly sought after by NFL players.

After announcing Josh Allen as the cover athlete for Madden 24, yengols.com utilized Pro-Football-Reference.com’s approximate value statistic to highlight players who had standout seasons on previous covers, including a prominent Arizona Cardinal player.

In this list, we ranked the best cover athletes who are running backs and wide receivers, with the exception of Barry Sanders who retired after being featured on the cover of Madden 25 (2014).

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Top WR/RB Madden Cover Athletes showcasing their best seasons

Madden/Year Player Approximate Value Notable Stats
Madden 13 (2012)Calvin Johnson14122 Receptions, 1,964 Receiving Yards, 5 Receiving TDs
Madden 01 (2000)Eddie George141,509 Rushing Yards, 14 Rushing TDs, 50 Receptions, 453 Receiving Yards, 2 Receiving TDs
Madden 16 (2015)Odell Beckham Jr.1396 Receptions, 1,450 Receiving Yards, 13 Receiving TDs
Madden 19 (2018)Antonio Brown10104 Receptions, 1,297 Receiving Yards, 15 Receiving TDs
Madden 10 (2009)Larry Fitzgerald997 Receptions, 1,092 Yards, 13 Receiving TDs
Madden 03 (2002)Marshall Faulk9953 Rushing Yards, 8 Rushing TDs, 80 Receptions, 537 Receiving Yards, 2 Receiving TDs

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What is Larry Fitzgerald’s ranking among Cardinals legends?

Larry Fitzgerald, a former wide receiver for the Cardinals, has established himself as one of the best skill position players to have a standout season in Madden cover athlete history, as determined by approximate value.

The ex-Pittsburgh Panther, likely to be honored in the Pro Football Hall of Fame someday and graced the cover of Madden 2009, had a stellar season with Arizona in which he tallied 104 catches for 1,297 yards and 15 touchdowns, resulting in an approximate value of 9. It is disappointing for Cardinals fans that Fitzgerald can no longer aid in the team’s NFL betting triumphs.

Overall, Fitzgerald’s performance in the Valley during the 2009-10 season placed him fifth among NFL wide receivers and running backs when considering approximate value. He trailed Calvin Johnson and Eddie George, who both had a rating of 14, as well as Odell Beckham Jr. with a rating of 13 and Antonio Brown with a rating of 10.

Fitzgerald and former St. Louis Rams running back Marshall Faulk are equal in value. During the 2002 season, Fitzgerald achieved 953 rushing yards, 537 receiving yards, and 10 total touchdowns, mirroring Faulk’s performance.

When it comes to wide receivers,

Fitzgerald’s 2009 NFL season, while being featured on the Madden cover, ranks as the third best in terms of approximate value. In comparison, Brown had an AV of 10 with the Steelers in the 2018 season.

In 2015, Beckham solidified his status as one of the top pass catchers in the NFL by scoring 13 AV with 96 catches for 1,450 yards and 13 touchdowns for the Giants.

Six years prior, Fitzgerald had an equally impressive campaign with the Cardinals, establishing himself as a crucial player for the franchise throughout the first two decades of the 21st century.

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Peterson Christopher

Peterson Christopher has been reporting on sports and sports betting in Arizona for more than seven years, bringing his expertise from roles at ArizonaSports.com, the Tucson Weekly, and the Green Valley News. Currently, he is the primary writer at yengols.com.

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