As was perhaps predicted following his passing in December 2021, football icon John Madden will be the cover star for Madden NFL 23. The legendary coach turned broadcaster is synonymous with both football and sports video games, and three unique box arts will depict key moments from his storied career. The All Madden Edition is particularly noteworthy, representing a throwback to the 1988 cover of John Madden Football, which first released on the Apple II.

The new game will celebrate John Madden beyond the cover, however: “Coach Madden’s football philosophies and expectations on the field have always grounded the Madden NFL development team, as they represent what fans truly want from the best 11v11 simulation football experience,” a blog post explains. “When Madden NFL 23 launches later this summer, the first interactive experience will feature two versions of Coach Madden leading opposing teams of ‘All Madden’ athletes facing off in the 1970s Oakland Coliseum. In addition, the unforgettable voice of Coach Madden returns during the game in remastered audio clips that call back to his legendary days as a broadcaster.”

In addition, EA Sports has provided an update on its $5 million charitable pledge to the John Madden Legacy Commitment to Education. “Electronic Arts will commit $2.5 million of the John Madden Legacy Commitment to Education to support programming over the next five years for the following four non-profit organisations focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) education: College Track, Mission Bit, StreetCode Academy, and Girls Who Code,” the publisher said. “These organisations are established and proven partners committed to equipping students confronting systemic barriers with the tech skills, mentoring, and development support needed to succeed in college and beyond.”

The remaining $2.5 million will be used to create the EA Madden Scholarship, in collaboration with the United Negro College Fund. “Coach Madden was a lifelong believer in the importance of education, and we’re privileged to support these amazing organizations that are creating opportunities for the next generation to pursue their dreams in his honour,” EA Sports bigwig Cam Weber explained.