Fitzgerald, Polamalu share Madden 10 cover

"Madden NFL 10"

If there are two players on the cover of "Madden," does that make the curse twice as strong, or does that dilute its power by half?

That's the question that's going to be hotly debated this coming season as EA Sports announced that for the first time in the franchise's 21-year history, "Madden NFL 10" will feature two athletes on the cover, Larry Fitzgerald of the Cardinals and Troy Polamalu of the Steelers.

This makes Fitzgerald only the second player ever to appear on both the "NCAA Football" and "Madden" covers (Shaun Alexander), while Polamalu becomes only the second defensive player to ever be featured by "Madden" (Ray Lewis).

"Larry Fitzgerald and Troy Polamalu are exemplary examples of the epic battle between offense and defense in the NFL," said Senior Product Manager Anthony Stevenson. "'Madden NFL 10' showcases the 'Fight For Every Yard', and nobody fights harder than Troy and Larry, making them the perfect athletes to grace the cover."

But the "Madden" info doesn't stop with the cover announcement, as EA Sports also revealed a few new details about the upcoming game via press release.

Most notably, "Madden 10" is set to utilize new animation technology for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 that EA Sports has dubbed Pro-Tak. This new technology boasts three to nine man gang tackles, steerable tackles and even the ability to fight for fumbles at the bottom of the pile. This new system also enables quarterbacks who feel the pressure to avoid the oncoming rush to extend the play or step up in the pocket to rocket a pass downfield.

In addition, the press release details some changes being made to the Wii version of the game, most notably, "Madden" Wii's new look. All new player models and art style are promised that will help better embody the characteristics of the NFL's elite as they run around vibrant new stadium models to help better capture the feel and flavor of the pro game.

Look for "Madden NFL 10" to ship to stores for the 360, PS3, PS2, PSP, and Wii on Friday, August 14.

Look for the Cardinals and Steelers to beef up their medical staffs August 15.