Tom Brady Makes Madden NFL 18 Cover

New England Patriots' quarterback and five-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady makes the cover of Madden NFL 18 G.O.A.T. Edition, set to release August 25.

Madden 18 has finally revealed its cover athlete. 

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A veritable god among men, there’s not much Tom Brady hasn’t accomplished in his illustrious NFL career. Going in the 6th round of the 2000 NFL draft to the New England Patriots, Brady has led the team to five Super Bowl wins and 14 AFC East division titles. On top of that, the signal caller has broken numerous regular season and Super Bowl records. Now, Brady adds one more accolade to add his resume: Madden 18 cover athlete. 

In February, just following the Patriots’ comeback win over the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI, we wrote about our 5 early frontrunners for the cover of Madden NFL 18 — and Brady was our top choice. Over 16 seasons in the NFL, Brady has been to seven Super Bowls and 12 Pro Bowls. He has also been named Super Bowl MVP four times regular season MVP twice. 

Of course, the perennial Madden curse looms large over the Partiots’ quarterback, as just last year his teammate and go-to wide receiver Rob Gronkowski was sidelined with multiple injuries throughout the regular and post seasons. However, Brady said the Madden curse isn’t going to hold him back in his 17th NFL season: 

“The Madden NFL 18 cover is a great honor for me. Especially since I have been playing the game since growing up next to EA headquarters in the Bay Area. I’m not one to believe in curses, so I’m ready to take the challenge head on like always! It doesn’t stand a chance!”

On top of announcing Madden 18‘s cover athlete, developer Electronic Arts said there are a bevy of new modes and ways to play coming to the game when it launches this August. Fans and players will be able to learn more about these modes and tweaks to Madden’s core gameplay at the EA Play event on June 10. 

Fans will also be able to choose between two pre-order bonuses for Madden NFL 18. The standard edition will provide those who pre-order with a single elite player for their Madden NFL 18 Ultimate Team, alongside five squad packs that they will be able to redeem once the game launches.

Providing even more bonuses, the Greatest of All Time (G.O.A.T.) Edition will include all of the standard edition’s bonuses, plus one of five predetermined G.O.A.T. (or legendary) players, as well as other currently undisclosed bonuses. On top of that, those players who opt for the Greatest of All Time Edition will also be able to play Madden NFL 18 three days ahead of launch, beginning on August 22.

EA Access members will be able to play a 10-hour demo of the game beginning August 17. 

Madden NFL 18 launches worldwide on August 25. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and information on the NFL video game series. 

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Jonathan Moore is the Editor-in-Chief of GameSkinny and has been writing about games since 2010. With over 1,200 published articles, he's written about almost every genre, from city builders and ARPGs to third-person shooters and sports titles. While patiently awaiting anything Dino Crisis, he consumes all things Star Wars. He has a BFA in Creative Writing and an MFA in Creative Writing focused on games writing and narrative design. He's previously been a newspaper copy editor, ad writer, and book editor. In his spare time, he enjoys playing music, watching football, and walking his three dogs. He lives on Earth and believes in aliens, thanks to Fox Mulder.