- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Many doubted Lamar Jackson as he entered the NFL. His Heisman Trophy wasn’t enough to show he could play quarterback at an elite level; some teams wanted him to work out as a wide receiver, and detractors considered him a run-first quarterback who couldn’t throw.

Now the reigning MVP and the cover athlete for “Madden 21,” the Baltimore Ravens quarterback continues to rub it in critics’ faces.

The NFL video game franchise unveiled three covers for this year’s edition Tuesday, all of them focusing on Jackson with a more artsy design than in years past. And one cover, called the “MVP edition,” has a curious tagline in the bottom-right corner: “Not bad for a running back.”

Jackson said that now-famous quip after the Ravens demolished the Miami Dolphins 59-10 in the 2019 season opener. Jackson threw for five touchdowns and finished with a perfect passer rating of 158.3.

The game is set to release on Aug. 25.

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