John Madden looks back on EA Sports’ popular football game cover for Madden NFL 23

Legendary coach and broadcaster John Madden will be on the cover of Madden NFL 23, the popular football video game, Electronic Arts announced Wednesday.

Madden, who coached the Raiders for 10 seasons and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006, died in December at age 85.

He graced or shared cover for the game’s first 13 editions, before Tennessee Titans running back Eddie George became the first athlete to earn solo cover in 2001.

“As someone who grew up loving football, playing in the suburbs of West Philly, it’s a big time to now be able to contribute to the culture of sport by honoring an icon like John Madden, who influenced generations of football fans through his passion for football and his undeniable energy, through my art,” said Chuck Styles, the artist who created the cover for Madden NFL 23.

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Since the first edition hit stores on June 1, 1988, the franchise has sold over 130 million copies and generated over $4 billion. according to EA.

When it hits stores later this summer, the game will feature two versions of Coach Madden leading opposing teams of “All Madden” athletes battling it out in the old Oakland Coliseum. Additionally, his voice will return to the franchise in remastered audio clips from his days as an award-winning broadcaster. More game features involving Madden will be released in a few weeks.

Electronic Arts also announced that it was committing $2.5 million to the John Madden Legacy Commitment to Education, a cause Madden was deeply committed to.

Legendary trainer John Madden will grace the cover of the video game that bears his name.

Madden covers athletes:

John Madden Football (1988) – Madden NFL ’94: John Madden

Madden NFL ’95: John Madden, Erik Williams, Karl Wilson

Madden NFL ’96: John Madden

Madden NFL 97 – John Madden, Cary Brabham, Gordon Laro

Madden NFL 98: John Madden, Garrison Hearst

Madden NFL 99: John Madden

Madden NFL 2000: John Madden, Barry Sanders

Madden NFL 2001: Eddie George

Madden NFL 2002: Daunte Culpepper

Madden NFL 2003: Marshall Faulk

Madden NFL 2004: Michael Vick

Madden NFL 2005: Ray Lewis

Madden NFL 06: Donovan McNabb

Madden NFL 07: Shaun Alexander

Madden NFL 08: Vince Young

Madden NFL 09: Brett Favre

Madden NFL 10: Troy Polamalu, Larry Fitzgerald

Madden NFL 11: Drew Brees

Madden NFL 12: Peyton Hillis

Madden NFL 13: Calvin Johnson

Madden NFL 25 (2014): Barry Sanders, Adrian Peterson

Madden NFL 15: Richard Sherman

Madden NFL 16: Odell Beckham Jr.

Madden NFL 17: Rob Gronkowski

Madden NFL 18: Tom Brady

Madden NFL 19: Antonio Brown

Madden NFL 20: Patrick Mahomes

Madden NFL 21: Lamar Jackson

Madden NFL 22: Tom Brady, Patrick Mahomes

Madden NFL 23: John Madden

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Madden NFL 23: John Madden will cover the latest EA Sports game

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