The wait is finally over. The Madden NFL 11 cover athlete was between: Jared Allen, Reggie Wayne or Drew Brees. Well, EA has officially announced today that New Orleans Saints’ Drew Brees will grace the front cover of Madden NFL 11. The news comes on the same day that sees the 2010 NFL draft which saw Sam Bradford going #1 to the Saint Louis Rams. Madden NFL 11 is set to hit store shelves on Tuesday, August 10.
Back in February 4th through March 15th, fans submitted their votes onto www.doritoschangethegame.com
to enter one of three nominees with Drew Brees winning over Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen and Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne.
Brees’s decorated NFL career has included four Pro Bowl selections, three All Pro selections, three NFC Offensive Player of the Year awards, the Associated Press 2008 NFL Offensive Player of the Year and the Pro Football Weekly 2004 Comeback Player of the Year. Off the field, Brees has been a champion as well through his charity – the Brees Dream Foundation – and his work in the New Orleans, San Diego and West Lafayette/Purdue, Ind. communities, which have provided over $4,500,000 to charitable causes and academic institutions.
Beyond the cover athlete selection, the franchise has also recently introduced two new initiatives that further enable fans to influence Madden NFL 11. From March 31 – April 26, fans have had the ability to vote on three match-ups through the Madden NFL website and determine which teams would be featured in the Madden NFL 11 game demo: a Super Bowl rematch, or a replay of one of the Conference Championship games. During the 2010 NFL Draft, fans will have the opportunity to influence rookie player ratings in Madden NFL 11 via online votes on the Madden NFL website.
The press release goes on to say:
Madden NFL 11 will redefine videogame football for both veteran and rookie players by providing a Simpler, Quicker and Deeper experience:
· Simpler: Call plays like an NFL coach with ease using an all-new play-calling system, GameFlow, which executes an authentic, situational game plan for you.
· Quicker: The new play-calling system will enable players to spend more time on the field and less in the playbook – completing games in half of the time.
· Deeper: Madden NFL 11 is feature-rich, with improved animations and control options, enhanced online functionality, and new broadcast and audio presentation that delivers the NFL experience fans have come to expect.