Madden NFL 23 Cover Star Revealed as the Legendary John Madden Himself

Madden NFL 23 Cover Star Revealed as the Legendary John Madden Himself

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Richard Walker

EA has lifted the lid on its cover star for Madden NFL 23, and this year, it's the legendary man himself, the late great John ‘Coach’ Madden. Madden NFL 23 will have three commemorative Madden covers, each celebrating a different milestone in his career.

Coinciding with #MaddenDay, the cover reveal also marks the first time Madden has featured on an EA NFL cover in more than two decades. The Madden NFL 23 digital-only ‘All Madden Edition’ cover features artwork by sports artist Chuck Styles, and pays tribute to Coach as a video game icon, and his contribution to bringing the full 11v11 football experience in the first John Madden Football game on 1st June 1988.

“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 honouring an icon like John Madden, who has influenced generations of football fans through his passion for football and unmistakable energy, through my art,” Styles commented in an EA Sports Madden blog post.

The other two covers for Madden NFL 23 celebrate Coach's days as a colour commentator and NFL broadcaster from 1979 to 2009, while the other is a photograph of Madden being carried by his team following their victory at Super Bowl XI in 1976. Madden NFL 23 will also feature a new mode centred upon the face of Madden NFL, with two versions of Coach Madden leading opposing teams of ‘All Madden’ athletes.

The teams will face off in the 1970s Oakland Coliseum, with the voice of Madden to be present in the game as remastered audio clips. Madden NFL 23 will be launching later this year, and will feature more ways to commemorate John Madden himself, who passed away in 2021. You can take a look at the three Madden NFL 23 covers below.

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