As we get on the Madden 24 hype train, one of the first stops for many fans will be to ask who’s the Madden NFL 24 cover star? While there’s been a host of potential candidates, from Jalen Hurts and Joe Burrow through to Patrick Mahomes (again), but it’s finally time to announce that the cover star of Madden 24 will be Buffalo Bills Quarterback Josh Allen.
Madden 24 will be out on 18th August across PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One and PC. There’s cross-play between PS5, Xbox Series and PC (which is being upgraded to the current gen engine), and dual entitlements if you’re on the last or both generations.
The Bills QB is not that surprising a choice for a cover star. Josh Allen has become one of the league’s biggest stars, having originally been drafted with the Bills’ seventh pick in the 2018 NFL draft. He’s taken the team to the playoffs every year for the last three years, including an appearance in the AFC Championship game in 2020. While a Super Bowl appearance has remained elusive, there’s no arguing that Allen is a prodigious talent, delivering league and Bills records with startling efficiency, gaining All-Pro status in 2020 alongside two Pro-Bowl appearances. He also holds the record for the highest passer rating in a single season, achieving an incredible 149.0 in 2021.
The Madden cover star has always been considered to be something of a poisoned chalice, with an early run of players who appeared on the cover then falling victim to injury or plummeting performance. If you look at the history of the curse, appearing on the cover has caused players all manner of problems. Starting with Barry Saunders in 2000, the Detroit Lions Running Back suddenly retired despite being on the way to breaking the league’s all-time rushing record. Other victims include Drew Brees, who might have had a Pro-Bowl selection but saw drastically reduced numbers, through to Rob Gronkowski who suffered a series of injuries the season he appeared on the cover. However, Patrick Mahomes may have now broken the curse, having won the Super Bowl last year with the Kansas City Chiefs after appearing on the cover of Madden 23.
Bills’ fans, and Josh Allen, will be hoping to really establish a new trend that Mahomes hopefully set in place: appearing on the cover of Madden wins you the Super Bowl. Given his talent and the team around him, it’s not impossible.