Drew Brees, quarterback of the reigning Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints, has a couple of TV talk show appearances booked for Thursday and Friday. Know what else happens Thursday? EA Sports announces its Madden NFL 11 cover athlete.
Pasta Padre earlier today noted that Brees was scheduled for a Friday appearance on Lice with Regis and Kelly and to deliver the Top 10 List on David Letterman on Thursday night. Both shows are taped in New York, the NFL Draft's in New York tomorrow night, and EA Sports is in New York to do a promotional blitz for, among other things, Madden and NCAA Football 11.
Brees was one of three candidates in a voting contest widely expected to be a coronation for the Saints superstar. The others were Indianapolis wide receiver Reggie Wayne, a nice guy but not a household name, and Vikings defensive lineman Jared Allen, who in addition to being a defensive player (only two have made a Madden cover, one sharing it), is not well liked.
All Brees did was become a national hero by delivering a Super Bowl title to New Orleans, raising up both a downtrodden franchise and a city destroyed by a hurricane. So, really, who was EA Sports going to take, Ben Roethlisberger? Brees probably would have beaten any other player in the league, whether it was left up to the choice of fans or marketers.
I emailed EA Sports asking pretty please for early confirmation but didn't hear anything back. They're gonna make us wait until tomorrow.
Drew Brees to be Announced as Madden NFL 11 Cover Athlete [Pasta Padre]