EA have revealed that the cover star for Madden NFL 2023 will be John Madden himself, who passed away back in 2021.

We have three memorial covers to celebrate the life of this sports legend and one of them is the digital-only “All-Madden Edition”, which features artwork by Chuck Styles.

Styles recently spoke about the covers in an EA Sports Madden in the official blog post, and here’s what he had to say:

“As someone who grew up loving football, playing in the suburbs of West Philly, it’s a full-circle moment to now be able to contribute to the culture of the sport by honoring an icon like John Madden, who has influenced generations of football fans through his passion for football and unmistakable energy, through my art.”

The other two front covers celebrate different moments of John Madden’s incredible career. We can see a photo of him as a coach being carried by his team, the Oakland Raiders, after winning the Super Bowl XI, back in 1976. The last cover focuses on his days as a commentator, drawing his Xs and Os on the screen. You can see all three covers on the official EA website.

We have no release date for Madden NFL 23 just yet, but since the previous NFL game came out on August 19th, we could expect this one to launch around that time.