Curse or Not, Lamar Jackson Headed to Madden NFL 21 Cover

Jackson was the 24th-rated quarterback in the last edition of the popular video game

Lamar Jackson Breaks Michael Vick's Record as Ravens Rout Jets
Lamar Jackson celebrates on the field in Baltimore, Maryland. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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Coming off an MVP season in 2020, Lamar Jackson is headed onto the cover of Madden NFL 21.

Jackson, 23, was the 24th-rated quarterback in the last edition of the popular video game. But, after leading the Baltimore Ravens to a 14-2 record while running for 1,206 yards and throwing 36 touchdown passes, Jackson is headed to the game’s cover.

Jackson made the surprise announcement on Tuesday during a video conference call with Baltimore reporters.

“It’s always been a dream of mine since I was a little kid, since I first started playing Madden,” Jackson said. “It’s dope. I have every Madden. To me, to be on the front of it, it’s a dream come true.”

Jackson also said he isn’t concerned about the Madden curse. “Patrick Mahomes is on the front and he won [Super Bowl] MVP,” he said. “I want that curse. I hope that’s a curse.”

Despite being in lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Jackson told reporters he is determined to return in 2020 as a better player than he was last year during his MVP season.

“Just like last year, I want to work on everything,” he said. “But the quarantine is slowing down everything right now. I can’t be with my guys, working on timing and routes.”

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