The Hall of Fame coach and commentator helped introduce the game of football to millions of new fans through the Madden video game series. The former coach was first approached by EA Sports back in 1984 about being part of a football simulation, but Madden insisted that the game be as realistic as possible. “I’m not putting my name on it if it’s not real,” Madden declared.
Madden passed away in late December of 2021, prompting many around the game to speculate that he should be featured on the cover. EA Sports made that true today.