Ray Lewis, linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens, will be featured on the cover to Madden NFL 2005. This information comes to us care of SportsBusiness Journal. Past legal trouble prevented Lewis from being featured on previous covers, though he has since enough gained public acceptance that this was no longer an issue.
As for ESPN NFL 2005, Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver and NFL record setter, Terrell Owens will be serving as the cover athlete.
"Terrell Owens is the ultimate NFL athlete, exuding true passion, high energy, and raw talent," said Greg Thomas, president of Visual Concepts Entertainment, the makers of ESPN Videogames. "Terrell stands out as a dominant figure in football. Whether setting the NFL record for most receptions in a game, delivering a ferocious block on rushing plays, or pumping up his teammates and the crowd, Owens embodies the spirit of the NFL, making him a perfect fit for our cover."
"I'm always looking for new and different ways of integrating football into my life," commented Owens. "It's only natural that I'm a part of ESPN NFL 2005. I'm one of the best on the real field and ESPN NFL 2005 is the best on the virtual field. It's a perfect match and I'm excited to be a part of the ESPN NFL 2005 team."
Hopefully both Lewis and Owens can avoid the fabled cover curse, which has left several athletes severely injured in the past. We'll have more on ESPN NFL 2005 and Madden NFL 2005 as their respective developers prepare to display the titles at E3.