Apr 22, 2010 3:54 PM by Melissa Canone
Associated Press Writer
Drew Brees has another prize to put next to his Super Bowl MVP
trophy: He's the cover model for this year's edition of the
"Madden NFL" video game.
EA Sports announced Thursday that the New Orleans Saints
quarterback would be featured on the front of "Madden NFL 11,"
the latest installment of the best-selling football franchise.
Brees, who led his team to a 31-17 victory over the Indianapolis
Colts in this year's Super Bowl, said landing the cover of
"Madden" was "a great way to cap off an amazing year."
The "Madden" gig is one of the most coveted honors in sports -
even though it has been connected to a much-discussed curse. Such
superstars as Donovan McNabb, Michael Vick and Shaun Alexander
suffered serious injuries during the season each appeared on the
Brees isn't worried. "I believe in fate, and if it's meant to
be, it's meant to be," he said. "But destiny is stronger than any
curse, and this team is destined for great things."
Brees joined the Saints in 2006, less than a year after New
Orleans was devastated by Hurricane Katrina. He has become a highly
visible spokesman for the city's reconstruction, while the
resurgent Saints gave its beleaguered residents something to rally
Brees said he hopes the presence of the Saints' fleur-de-lis
logo on the "Madden" cover "keeps people focused on what
happened to New Orleans, and what the people of this city have
The Saints quarterback was chosen by fans who voted online to
determine the game's cover athlete. The other choices were
Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne and Minnesota Vikings
defensive end Jared Allen.
"Madden NFL 11" will be released by EA Sports on Aug. 10.