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NFL teams represented on Madden covers and every other video game in the last 30 yrs 
Posted on May 6, 2014 at 07:36 AM.
This started as a post to see which teams were underrepresented on the Madden covers in the thread for the Madden 15 cover vote announcement. I ended up being curious about team representation beyond just Madden, so I decided to post an extended version of my post as this blog. Hope you all enjoy and let me know if I missed any cover players.

This is pretty long, skip to the end for the final tally or read just below for only the Madden information.


Teams represented on the Madden covers


Titans 2x - M'01 and M'08 (Eddie George and Vince Young)
Vikings 2x - M'02 and M25 next gen (Daunte Culpepper and Adrian Peterson)
Lions 2x - M'13 and M25 (Calvin Johnson and Barry Sanders)
Rams - M'03 (Marshall Faulk)
Falcons - M'04 (Michael Vick)
Ravens - M'05 (Ray Lewis)
Eagles - M'06 (Donovan McNabb)
Seahawks - M'07 (Shaun Alexander)
Packers - M'09 (Brett Favre)
Steelers - M'10 (Troy Polamalu)
Cardinals -
M'10 (Larry Fitzgerald)
Saints
- M'11 (Drew Brees)
Browns - M'12 (Peyton Hillis)


Teams never represented on the Madden cover:

49ers
Bears
Bengals
Bills
Broncos
Buccaneers
Chargers
Chiefs
Colts
Cowboys
Dolphins
Giants
Jaguars
Jets
Panthers
Patriots
Raiders
Redskins
Texans

Positions Represented on the Madden Cover:

QB- 6x
RB- 6x
WR- 2x
LB- 1x
DB- 1x

Madden covers by division:
NFCe: 1x
NFCs: 2x
NFCw: 3x
NFCn: 5x

AFCe: 0
AFCs: 2x
AFCw: 0
AFCn: 3x


Other EA NFL game covers:

NFL Head Coach:

Steelers - HC'08 (Bill Cowher)
Colts- HC'09 (Tony Dungy)

NFL Street:


Dolphins - NFLS 1 (Ricky Williams)
Broncos - NFLS 1 (Shannon Sharpe)
Lions - NFLS 1 (Barry Sanders)
Giants - NFLS 2 (Jeremy Shockey)
Falcons - NFLS 2 (Xzibit)*
Giants - NFLS 2:U (Jeremy Shockey)
Eagles - NFLS 2:U (unknown player, number is covered)
Colts - NFLS 2:U (white player in an Edgerrin James jersey)
Bengals - NFLS 3 (Chad Johnson)

*Rapper Xzibit was featured on the cover wearing a Falcons shirt

Madden Arcade:
Raiders (Nnamdi Asomugha)
Bengals (Chad Johnson)
Giants (Brandon Jacobs)
Ravens (Ray Lewis)
Redskins (Albert Haynesworth)
Jets (Mark Sanchez)

NFL Tour
Chargers (Shawne Merriman)

Non-traditional Madden titles team representation:

Giants 3x
Colts 2x
Bengals 2x
Steelers
Broncos
Lions
Falcons
Eagles
Raiders
Ravens
Redskins
Jets
Chargers


We must go further....

NON EA SPORT NFL TITLES
only officially licensed NFL titles

NFL2k

Vikings 3x -
2k, 2k1, 2k2 (Randy Moss 3x)
Bears - 2k3 (Brian Urlacher)
Bucs - ESPN NFL (Warren Sapp)
Eagles - ESPN 2k5 (Terrell Owens)

Backyard Sports Football

49ers 3x - 1999, 2004, '10 (Steve Young, Jeff Garcia and Frank Gore)
Patriots 3x - 2002, '08, '09 (Drew Bledsoe and Tom Brady 2x)
Vikings 2x - 2006, '10 (Daunte Culpepper and Adrian Peterson)
Eagles - 2002 (Donovan McNabb)
Steelers
- 2007 (Ben Roethlisberger)
Giants - '10 (Eli Manning)
Cardinals - '10 (Kurt Warner)
Colts - '10 (Peyton Manning)
Cowboys - '10 (Jason Witten)

NFL Blitz

Steelers - '99 (Kordell Stewart)
Bucs - 2000 (Mike Alstott?)
Raiders - 2002 (Jerry Porter)
Giants - 2003 (Michael Strahan)
49ers - Blitz Pro (Terrell Owens)
Ravens - 2012 (Ray Rice)

Troy Aikmen Football
Cowboys - 1993 (Troy Aikmen...duh)

NFL Series

Chiefs 2x - '94, '95 (Joe Montana 2x)
49ers - '93 (Joe Montana)
Steelers - '97 (Kordell Stewart)
Raiders - '98 (Tim Brown)

Tecmo Super Bowl

Cowboys 2x - 1993, TSB 2 (unknown #10, unknown #50)
Raiders 2x - TSB 3, 1996 (unknown #12, unknown 28)
Giants - 1991 (unknown)
Bills - TSB 3 (unknown #59)
Bears - 1996 (unknown #85)

NFL Gameday

Broncos 2x - '99, 2000 (Terrell Davis 2x)
49ers
- '96 (William Floyd)
Cowboys - '97 (Daryl Johnston)
Steelers - '98 (Jerome Bettis)
Rams - '01 (Marshall Faulk)
Eagles - '02 (Donovan McNabb)
Patriots - '03 (Tom Brady)
Chargers - '04 (LaDainian Tomlinson)
Bucs - '05 (Derrick Brooks)


NFL Fever

Colts 3x
- '02, '03, '04 (Peyton Manning 3x)
Jaguars - 2000 (Mark Brunell)

NFL Quarterback Club

Packers 5x
- '98, '99, 2000, '01, '02 (Brett Favre 5x)
49ers - '96 (Steve Young)
Dolphins - '97 (Dan Marino)
Raiders - '02 (Rich Gannon)

NFL 1988 (nes)
Raiders
Dolphins
49ers
Redskins
Broncos

Capcom's MVP Football
Bears (Brad Muster?)

NFL Xtreme


Bucs - NFLx1 (Mike Alstott)
Vikings - NFLx2 (John Randle)


Ok, that took awhile. Now lets tally it up:

Teams Represented in Non-EA NFL Titles:

49ers - 8x
Raiders - 6x
Vikings - 6x
Cowboys - 5x
Packers - 5x
Bucs - 4x
Patriots - 4x
Steelers - 4x
Colts - 4x
Bears - 3x
Eagles - 3x
Giants - 3x
Broncos - 3x
Chiefs - 2x
Dolphins - 2x
Cardinals - 1x
Ravens - 1x
Bills - 1x
Rams - 1x
Chargers - 1x
Jaguars - 1x
Redskins - 1x

Teams not represented (unless I'm missing some games)

Saints
Panthers
FalconsSeahawks
Lions
Jets
Titans/Oilers
Texans
Browns
Bengals

Almost done....



Finally, The total count of cover athletes by team:
I listed the most represented player for each team or just the most well known if tied for 1x.

49ers - 8x
(Steve Young 2x)
Vikings - 8x
(Randy Moss 3x)
Raiders - 7x
(Rich Gannon)
Steelers - 6x
(Kordell Stewart 2x)
Giants - 6x
(Jeremy Shockey 2x)
Colts - 6x
(Peyton Manning 4x)
Packers - 6x
(Brett Favre 6x)
Eagles - 5x
(Donovan McNabb 3x)
Cowboys - 5x
(Troy Aikmen)
Patriots - 5x
(Tom Brady 4x)
Buccaneers - 4x
(Mike Alstott 2x)
Broncos - 4x
(Terrell Davis 2x)
Bears - 3x
(Brian Urlacher)
Ravens - 3x
(Ray Lewis 2x)
Dolphins - 3x
(Dan Marino)
Lions - 3x
(Barry Sanders 2x)
Cardinals - 2x
(Larry Fitzgerald)
Chiefs - 2x
(Joe Montana 2x)
Rams - 2x
(Marshall Faulk 2x)
Chargers - 2x
(LaDainian Tomlinson)
Redskins - 2x
(Albert Haynesworth)
Falcons - 2x
(Michael Vick)
Titans - 2x
(Eddie George)
Bengals - 2x
(Chad Johnson 2x)
Bills - 1x
(Unknown player #59 from Tecmo Super Bowl III)
Jaguars - 1x
(Mark Brunell)
Saints - 1x
(Drew Brees)
Seahawks - 1x
(Shaun Alexander)
Jets - 1x
(Mark Sanchez)
Browns - 1x
(Peyton Hillis)

Teams never represented on any official video game cover

Panthers
Texans
Oilers


So now when the new Madden cover vote comes around, I hope you think about the poor Panthers, Texans, and Bills fans out there that have been under represented for decades.

PS- I know I have way too much time on my hands...
Comments
# 1 Jadakiss88 @ May 6
WOW....great work, great read, great job.
 
# 2 elgreazy1 @ May 7
Wow. Pretty impressive research. Very odd to not have seen my Cowboys on the cover of any video games but that could also have to do with that they haven't been relevant (i.e. winners) in almost 2 decades.
 
# 3 kunner @ May 10
not sure how big of a picture you are looking at when thinking of madden covers, but the Madden 97 cover had Reggie White as a Packer going against a Colt player in the upper right hand corner, kind of a faded picture, not sure if that is something you were looking at
 
# 4 poulka @ May 10
I also noticed that Madden 96 had a picture of a Carolina Panthers player tackling a Jacksonville Jaguar player. (the year both franchised started)
 
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