KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The two “G.O.A.T.s” on the cover of Madden NFL 22 are Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady.
The cover athletes were supposed to be officially released at 9 a.m. Central time on Thursday, June 17, but an ad on the ESPN app was released much earlier.
This is the second appearance on the cover for both Brady and Mahomes. Brady was featured on Madden NFL 18 and Mahomes was the cover star on Madden NFL 20.
In April, leaked images and videos showed the pair filming some sort of promotional material which was rumored to be part of the Madden video game cover.
Brady becomes the first ever Buccaneer to be featured on the cover. Mahomes was the first Chief featured in 2019.
This is the first time two players have shared the cover since Madden NFL 09, which featured Troy Polamalu and Larry Fitzgerald.
Earlier this week, the official EA Madden NFL Twitter account posted a video including two goats escaping from a barn and former running back and cover athlete Peyton Hillis catching them.
Madden followed up the post with a picture of Hillis holding the animals posing the question, “What should we name the goats!?” and a picture of the goats leaving the door calling them escape artists.
Madden NFL 22 is available for preorder now and sales begin Aug. 20, 2021.