Ahead of last night’s 2019 NFL Draft, EA Sports revealed the next cover athlete for Madden 20 its none other than the Kansas City Chief’s rookie phenom QB Patrick Mahomes.
Mahomes who is coming off a record-setting first season will grace the cover of all editions of Madden 20 including Madden NFL Mobile. In addition to earning the distinct honor of being the face of this years edition of the famed video game franchise, Mahomes also contributed to the new personalized career campaign mode Face of the Franchise: QB1.
In the brand new mode players will now be able to create their own college quarterback in Madden 20 to play through the NCAA College Football National Championship playoff which will have 10 college teams as well as the NFL Combine, NFL Draft and ultimately being a starting QB on an NFL franchise. Both Face of the Franchise: QB1 and Franchise mode will use a new Scenario Engine that “generates unique playable scenarios, events and dynamic challenges that build the story of each fan’s distinct NFL career.”
Another new feature coming to Madden 20 is Superstar X-Factor which will bring NFL superstars to life on the virtual football field by giving gamers access to the players “unique abilities” that clearly separates them from other NFL players. Fans can expect the game to carry on the tradition of bringing the action they have come to expect every Sunday on the field to be in the Madden 20 with new player celebrations, run/pass option plays and of course unique playbooks. Speaking on the new mode, Executive Producer of Madden NFL 20 Seann Graddy added:
“The team this year wanted to ensure that the superstars of the NFL responded and played differently in all aspects in Madden, just as they do on the field every Sunday – we wanted to make sure the stars felt like stars.”
Mahomes who is a life-long Madden fan called landing the cover a full circle moment for him and an honor.
“The last year has been life-changing for me and landing the cover of Madden NFL 20 is both a huge honor and a dream come true as a lifelong Madden fan. To also get the opportunity to impact the experience in the new Face of the Franchise: QB1 by providing input on the gameplay is something I never expected. I played Madden with my dad when I was a kid, and this is definitely a full circle moment for me.”
The announcement was also accompanied with a reveal trailer featuring narration by Joey BadA$$ whom we can probably expect on the games original soundtrack called Urban Symphony, that highlights pop culture, hip-hop music, and urban lifestyle trends aimed to “deliver on the emotion, history, and meaning of football.”
Now of course Chiefs’ fans are probably worried about the dreaded Madden curse, but hey maybe Mahomes has the skills to put it to bed. Madden 20 arrives worldwide on August 2, 2019, for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Origin for PC. If you pre-order Madden NFL 20: Superstar Edition fans will receive Superstar Edition benefits, including 12 Gold Team Fantasy Packs, a choice of 1 out of 32 core elite players from a favorite NFL team, and much more.
So get yourself hyped for Madden season by watching the trailer for Madden 20 below.
The NFL has combated instances of domestic violence and abuse, finally taking a concerted stand against offenders that play in the league. In the wake of yet another alleged incident, the Kansas City Chiefs, having already been through something similar with Kareem Hunt, suspended wide receiver Tyreek Hill after audio surfaced of the player seemingly threatening his fiancee and mother of their son.
New audio tapes have surfaced purporting to capture NFL star Tyreek Hill threatening his fiancee over an alleged child abuse incident involving their 3-year-old son — where you can hear a man say, “You need to be terrified of me too, bitch.”
The audio was reportedly recorded by Hill’s fiancee, Crystal Espinal, as an “insurance policy” — and then passed to a friend who gave it to KCTV in Kansas City.
The recording is believed to have been made in early March.
As we previously reported, the Kansas City Chiefs superstar WR and Espinal were the subjects of a child abuse investigation involving their 3-year-old. There are reports the boy suffered a broken arm.
KCTV has now released the audio — claiming the man you hear on the recording is, in fact, Tyreek Hill.
The Chiefs announced they were suspending Hill from all team activities after the audio came out.
Hollywood actress Meagan Good has a back-up plan for Colin Kaepernick if he wants to fall back on pursuing a highly-anticipated NFL comeback. The high-profile entertainer has pitched the idea of sharing big screen time with the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback.
In a new interview, Meagan said she’s all good with a flick starring herself and Colin.
Enter the “Shazam!” actress … who tells us she would LOVE to see Kaepernick take up acting if he decides to officially hang up his football cleats. “I just think Kaepernick is amazing and pray for him to continue to just have the platform that he has whatever way that he has, and if he wants to act, dude, he can do it!” (TMZ)
Earlier this month, NFL superstar Odell Beckham Jr. went to Instagram with a salute to Kaep by donning his jersey.
Despite the perception, recent reports claimed the Black Lives Matter activist and former teammate Eric Reid didn’t get the 10’s of millions media initially speculated in a publicized NFL settlement case.
Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid, the NFL stars who alleged the league’s teams colluded to keep them off the field after they led protests during the national anthem, will receive less than $10 million to settle grievances with the league, according to people briefed on the deal. (Wall Street Journal)
The estimates that Kaepernick was due to get upwards of $100 million in the settlement were due to the fact that if the former 49ers quarterback had won his grievance, the league’s collective bargaining agreement stated he could get damages that tripled what an arbitrator determined he’d lost because of collusion by the owners, who the players said colluded to prevent them from finding new teams after kneeling or holding up a fist to protest racial inequality. (NY Post)
Russell Wilsoncontinues to win big on and off the field, and now wields the richest contract in NFL history. The Seattle Seahawks quarterback signed a four-year, $140 million contract extension with a $65 million signing bonus.
Russell Wilson’s deadline for getting a new, top-of-the-NFL contract from the Seahawks passed with midnight becoming Tuesday morning. About 45 minutes later, the franchise quarterback posted on his social-media account, from bed with his wife Ciara: “Hey, Seattle, we got a deal…Go Hawks.”
A league source confirmed to The News Tribune at 1:35 a.m. Tuesday the contract is worth $140 million in new money over four years with a $65 million signing bonus.
The contract has total guarantees of $107 million and includes a no-trade clause, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
Prayers go out to Future Hive. Hope they’re OK today.
NFL superstar Odell Beckham Jr. is ready-ready for the new season. The Cleveland Browns wide receiver has shared a highlight clip giving Ohio fans an idea of what he’s bringing to the table in his first run with the AFC North team.