The Madden video game franchise has only featured a tight end on its cover one time since being originated in 1989.
This player was Rob Gronkowski in 2017, and there is no reason that none other than Travis Kelce deserves to be on the cover this coming year.
To begin, he had a historic season, breaking multiple records, while at times being simply unstoppable.
Some would say he is the most effective player on the offensive side of the ball.
Kelce shows this through his phenomenal route running but will also be seen making key blocks at times as well.
His efficiency in the red zone was a massive boost to this team’s scoring ability.
Reaching 1,400 yards was a huge milestone for his career and does not seem to be slowing down in the near future whatsoever.
The fact that he could have been in the argument for an MVP this past season is remarkable as a tight end and he is much deserving of a Madden cover.
– Reason 1: Kelce Best TE in game
On the season, Kelce went for 1,416 yards, 11 touchdowns. He averaged 13.5 yards per reception and was an absolute key to the success of this offense.
Not only was his receiving yardage ranked 2nd among the league, but he also managed to average 94.4 yards per game.
There was not a player in the league this season who was doing what Kelce was and his accomplishments were on high display throughout the season.
Patrick Mahomes targeted Kelce 15 times in their blowout victory in the AFC Championship. Of those targets, he reeled in 13 of them for 118 yards and two scores.
His dominance is shown not only by the numbers but as well as on the football field. He is an absolute machine and terrorizes opposing defenses.
Let’s take a look at his comparison to other tight ends over the past five seasons…
TE Rec Yard leaders over last 5 seasons:— NFLonCBS (@NFLonCBS) February 17, 2021
1. Travis Kelce 6,144
2. Zach Ertz 4,054
3. George Kittle 3,579
4. Jared Cook 3,170
5. Jimmy Graham 2,982 pic.twitter.com/wLzTChxqoG
Reason 2: Very Likeable Person
Early in Travis’s career, he was seen at times being penalized for childish behavior and running his mouth.
Many saw him as immature and it was going unnoticed by the coaching staff and league.
None of these penalties were ever super costly but were without a doubt unnecessary. After the instance with the towel toss, it was a realization for Kelce.
In a game versus the Jaguars in 2016, he tossed a towel at a referee and was fined by the NFL.
He began noticing that he was not so likable around the league, and knew he had to clean up his behavior.
Kelce told reporters that he felt like an idiot for his actions after the game. He had this to say as well
“I can’t do that to my teammates. I can’t do that to the [fans], to myself. It was a terrible decision.”
After realizing that there is no need for such behavior on the field, Kelce began focusing more on being the absolute best he can.
Since then, he has cleaned up his on-field behavior and is regarded as the best tight end in the league.
Travis also is always seen with positive energy and elevates his teammates to a higher level of play.
Winning the Walter-Peyton Man of the Year Award was one of his more significant accomplishments. It shows his off-field character, as he is truly more than a good man.
Kelce started the Eighty-Seven & Running which is an organization that helps underprivileged youth strive to develop abilities and learn critical life skills.
It is apparent on and off the field that Kelce is a wonderful human being and is the top candidate for the coming years Madden cover.
Reason 3: Kelce is in the 99 Club
Obtaining membership to the 99 Club is of high honor and is by no means an easy task. You must be a beast in order to be a member of the club.
The 99 Club consists of Madden players who have a 99 overall rating.
There are only six other players in this club so it is quite an achievement. There is no reason Kelce should not have this max rating though.
He is unstoppable on the field and remains to be a favorite target of Mahomes’ and remained a key to their offense this past season.
Kelce is obtaining GOAT status and his season was the best ever by a tight end. Here are his records broken this past season:
- Most single-season yards by a tight end (combined playoffs and regular season)
- Most receptions by a player in a conference championship game
- Is now just one of three players to have seven or more catches in 10 consecutive games
- First tight end in NFL history to have five games with 100 or more postseason receiving yards
Madden would be silly if they did not consider putting Kelce on the cover of their game, just as the NFL was about not even mentioning him in the MVP race.
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