Josh Allen is a cover star.
EA Sports revealed the Buffalo Bills Pro Bowl quarterback is on the cover of Madden NFL 24.
Allen is the first Buffalo Bills player to ever grace the cover of Madden.
"A childhood dream come true," Allen tweeted along with covers of Madden NFL 24 and the Deluxe Edition.
The game will be released Aug. 18.
The official trailer for the video game features gameplay graphics and highlights Allen. Six seconds into the trailer, Allen looks up from the 50-yard line. The last 12 seconds of the video are all Allen and the Bills. There's an aerial view of Highmark Stadium, a cutaway of Allen, and an Allen stiff arm to Baltimore Ravens safety Geno Stone.
— Josh Allen (@JoshAllenQB) June 7, 2023
The video culminates with a chest-to-chest goal-line collision between Allen and the Ravens' Patrick Queen. Allen bowls over McQueen, sending the linebacker on his back, and then steps over him en route to a touchdown.
"It's a bit of a surreal feeling for sure," Allen told USA TODAY Sports. "You know, getting to the league is the only thing that's ever really crossed my mind. But going back to a kid, obviously, Madden was what I played growing up is actually how I learned the game of football. So to be able to grace the cover of Madden, I'm just happy to be able to be the first Bill to do it.
"I know my teammates will be pumped up about it. Madden, it's so iconic. It really is football culture and, you know, I just love the opportunity to do this and I'm blown away. You know, words can't do it justice. I think Bills Mafia is going to be very excited about this."
— Madden NFL 24 (@EAMaddenNFL) June 7, 2023
List of Madden cover athletes by year
The Madden series first launched in 1988 and John Madden graced the cover for the first decade. The game has featured two cover athletes twice.
Here are the Madden cover stars since 1999:
1999: John Madden (Garrison Hearst on European version)
2000: John Madden (Dorsey Levens on European version)
2001: Eddie George
2002: Daunte Culpepper
2003: Marshall Faulk
2004: Michael Vick
2005: Ray Lewis
2006: Donovan McNabb
2007: Shaun Alexander
2008: Vince Young
2009: Brett Favre
2010: Troy Polamalu and Larry Fitzgerald
2011: Drew Brees
2012: Peyton Hillis
2013: Calvin Johnson
2014: Barry Sanders (Adrian Peterson on alternate version)
2015: Richard Sherman
2016: Odell Beckham Jr.
2017: Rob Gronkowski
2018: Tom Brady
2019: Antonio Brown
2020: Patrick Mahomes
2021: Lamar Jackson
2022: Patrick Mahomes and Tom Brady
2023: John Madden
2024: Josh Allen
How to preorder Madden 24 standard and deluxe edition
Preorder have begun for Madden NFL 24. The are three editions: the standard edition, deluxe edition and EA Play Pro, which is available on the EA app.
The standard edition is $69.99. Bonuses include Josh Allen Elite Player Item, choice of two Strategy Items and NFL Marble Bills gear.
The deluxe edition costs $99.99 and adds three-day early access to start playing Aug. 15, along with Dual Entitlement and 4,600 Madden Points.
Madden 24 will be available on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and Windows PC.
You can preorder Madden 24 on the EA site here.
This article originally appeared on Rochester Democrat and Chronicle: Josh Allen becomes first Buffalo Bills player on cover of Madden