49ers’ Christian McCaffrey lands Madden NFL 25 cowl, breaks RB cowl drought: ‘It is fairly surreal’

Three-time Professional Bowler and the 2023 NFL dashing yards chief Christian McCaffrey has added one other honor to his resume. The star working again will grace the extremely coveted cowl of Madden NFL 25’s cowl. 

Whereas the San Francisco 49ers working again wrapped up one other stellar season in February, he nonetheless gave the impression to be shocked that he landed on the quilt of the favored online game. 

“It is a dream come true,” McCaffrey. 28, instructed Folks journal.

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Christian McCaffrey of the San Francisco 49ers runs the ball for a landing in opposition to the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs throughout Tremendous Bowl LVIII at Allegiant Stadium on Feb. 11, 2024, in Las Vegas. (Steph Chambers/Getty Pictures)

McCaffrey completed the 2023 marketing campaign with a career-best 1,459 dashing yards, 14 dashing touchdowns, and seven receiving touchdowns. His manufacturing led to his third Professional Bowl choice. 

The working again was a key a part of the Niners’ run to Tremendous Bowl LVIII. Regardless of his spectacular manufacturing and accolades, McCaffrey nonetheless didn’t anticipate to be doing a photoshoot for the Madden cowl.

“I by no means anticipated to be on the quilt of Madden. It is one thing that I by no means even envisioned myself doing or carrying out, so after I received the decision, I felt unbelievably grateful,” McCaffrey stated. “I used to be genuinely shocked, however completely happy and excited and all the feelings.”

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McCaffrey now joins an unique membership of gamers picked for the long-running online game’s cowl. He additionally grew to become the primary working again to grace the quilt since Adrian Peterson and Barry Sanders appeared on separate covers in 2013 in honor of the sport’s twenty fifth anniversary.

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McCaffrey recalled enjoying Madden throughout his childhood.

“Eddie George was on the quilt, and we performed it on the Nintendo 64,” McCaffrey stated in reference to the online game’s 2001 version.

Christian McCaffrey celebrates a TD

San Francisco 49ers working again Christian McCaffrey celebrates after scoring in opposition to the Arizona Cardinals in Santa Clara, California, Oct. 1, 2023. (AP Photograph/Godofredo A. Vásquez)

McCaffrey stated he would play the online game along with his brothers and would often choose the Denver Broncos as a result of his father, Ed McCaffrey, was a large receiver for the franchise on the time. The eldest McCaffrey received three Tremendous Bowls throughout his standout NFL profession. 

“I’ve three brothers and there have been 4 controllers, so it was excellent. We might do two on two and we might play with the Broncos, if you had my dad and Rod Smith and Terrell Davis and all these guys, so it was simply loads of enjoyable.”

Christian McCaffrey celebrates afc championship

Christian McCaffrey of the San Francisco 49ers celebrates after defeating the Detroit Lions throughout the NFC Championship recreation at Levi’s Stadium on Jan. 28, 2024, in Santa Clara, California.  (Cooper Neill/Getty Pictures)

Whereas McCaffrey making an look in entrance of the digital camera took the 28-year-old out of his consolation zone, he was greater than keen to make an exception for Madden.

“For those who’re capturing for the quilt of Madden, you higher study to love the digital camera,” he quips. “I’ve simply tried to soak on this entire factor and luxuriate in it whereas it is occurring.”

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McCaffrey described the expertise as “surreal.”

“It is fairly surreal. We had loads of enjoyable with it,” he provides.

Madden NFL 25 is scheduled to be launched on Aug. 16.

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