Announcing the cover of EA Sports’ “Madden” video football game has always been one more exciting moments during NFL’s offseason. The Jacksonville Jaguars could have a player to grace the cover in 2020.
Unless your name is Peyton Hillis (sorry, had to throw some shade at an awful decision), the cover is reserved for the best of the best in the league, someone who stands out. So when Adam Rank of NFL.com posted a story, listing Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey as one of his six choices to grace the video game cover in 2020, I felt some elation in the decision.
I don’t play video games anymore, mind you, but it’s exciting to see a Jaguars player being considered, nonetheless.
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Let’s hope Rank is right and Ramsey plays well enough to garner consideration for such an honor.
His brash nature and the fact he backs it up in the Jaguars secondary was enough for Rank to add him to his list of five potential players up for consideration.
"“Ramsey sauntered into EverBank Field after the Jaguars’ (don’t call it an upset) win over the Steelers in the Divisional Round in January and told the raucous crowd to bring it because they were going to go to the Super Bowl and win that [female dog]. And in doing so, he instantly became one of my favorite players,” Rank said.“Like when Rocky Maivia became “The Rock” on August 8, 1997. Of course, the Rock was being jeered by the WWE crowd that night, while Ramsey was lauded with the admiration from the fans in Duval County, Florida. But I think you get the point.”"
Ramsey, a Pro Bowl selection to go along with being named a first-team All-Pro, told the media when he was interviewed during the Jaguars minicamp on June 13th he is ready to show the world he is the best at his position and ready to face the best wide receivers on the Jaguars opposing rosters this season.
Ramsey also told the media he will continue to prepare himself for the regular season in Tennessee while waiting to come back for training camp. The Jaguars have arguably the best pair of cornerbacks in the league with A.J. Bouye on the other side.
"“I can always improve. I have not had a perfect game yet since I’ve been in the NFL. That is always the goal – having a perfect game and being as successful as I can be however it is,’ he said. “[We] have a lot of good receivers on the schedule this year. I am going to have really tough tasks throughout the weeks, so it is just being prepared as best as I can.”"
Rank puts Ramsey in some pretty impressive company. Running back Todd Gurley of the Los Angeles Rams leads the list. Deshaun Watson and DeAndre Hopkins, the quarterback-wide receiver tandem in Houston, running back Alvin Kamara of the New Orleans Saints and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo of the San Francisco 49ers also made this list.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown is the featured player on the cover of the video game for 2019.