Madden NFL 19 has a special edition cover star and, like the player himself, it’s a provocative choice: Terrell Owens. He’s the star of the “Hall of Fame Edition” of Madden NFL 19, which will launch Aug. 10.
Owens, the iconoclast wide receiver for the San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys, is a newly minted Pro Football Hall of Famer. He appears on the box wearing the Cowboys’ No. 81 — which, again, is not without controversy, for those Dallas fans who remember and may never forgive him celebrating on their 50-yard star logo after a touchdown in 2000, when he was a Niner.
To video game fans, Owens’ Madden cover appearance is also notable in that, 14 years ago, he graced the packshot of the revered ESPN NFL 2K5 for PlayStation 2 and Xbox. That was the last game of that series before the league entered into an exclusive agreement with EA Sports.
Owens, of the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, was a temperamental but undeniably talented threat in a 15-season career. He led the NFL in receiving touchdowns three times (2000, 2001 and 2006) and averaged more than 100 yards receiving per game twice. One of those was a 2005 season for Philadelphia, in which he played only seven games after being suspended for remarks he made about quarterback Donovan McNabb, getting into a training-room fistfight with former Eagles defensive end Hugh Douglas, and other transgressions.
Owens ended up with the Cowboys, a tenure during which he made All-Pro in 2007 at age 34. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame this February after two years on its ballot.
The Hall of Fame Edition of Madden NFL 19 offers some extra digital content for Madden Ultimate Team. EA Access subscribers on Xbox One will get a crack at the game on Aug. 2, 2018. The standard edition’s cover star will be announced later, probably around EA Play 2018 coming during E3 week next month. The Aug. 10 launch date for Madden is the earliest since 2010’s Madden NFL 11.