Spike VGAs 2011: Ray Rice Unveiled as ‘NFL Blitz’ Digital Cover Athlete

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Spike VGAs NFL Blitz Digital Cover Athlete

Amidst all the big Spike Video Game Awards trailer reveals and awards festivities, EA Sports unveiled its cover athlete for NFL Blitz to be none other than Baltimore Ravens’ running back Ray Rice. Now, being a cover athlete in and of itself is an honor, but what makes Rice’s appearance even more special is the fact that he is the first ever digital athlete to appear on an EA Sports cover.

That’s right, Ray Rice’s digital likeness is on the cover of NFL Blitz. Perhaps, by including a digital likeness rather than an actual likeness, EA Sports is trying to avoid following Madden‘s example and starting a Blitz curse.
Rice beat out fellow NFL athletes Patrick Willis and Roddy White for the NFL Blitz cover, which was decided by fan vote and announced just moments ago by Hall of Famer Jerry Rice.

NFL Blitz Cover Ray Rice

NFL Blitz has been out of the limelight for a while, needing to re-evaluate its mission statements in light of some new rules passed by the NFL. Hopefully, EA Sports can, at the very least, preserve the hard hitting, arcade style atmosphere gamers remember from Blitz’s time in the arcade.

Regardless, a big congratulation to Ray Rice on this tremendous honor.

How do you feel about Ray Rice being awarded the NFL Blitz cover? Do you think that NFL Blitz is a property that will thrive in the digital download space?

NFL Blitz is slated to release this January for the PSN and on XBLA.


TAGS: EA Sports, NFL Blitz, PS3, PSN, Xbox Live

  • Andrew

    The game is called Blitz — it shoulda been Willis. Or someone else who’s actually capable of participating in a blitz. Whatever; small issue for a game I’m unlikely to play anyway.

    lol… Remember when the NFL revoked its license from Midway because it didn’t want them making unrealistic arcade stuff like NFL Blitz? I wonder why they changed their minds.

    • Jack7

      they changed their minds because since roger goodell won’t let the players make any big tackles now, they wanted a way for fans to get their big hits.

  • hanzo

    Well atleast they used a great RB.. i miss blitz from PS1 though.. nothing like a dogpile for fun.. great for playing against friends

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  • Graverobber

    I miss blitz, can’t wait till it comes out.