Madden 22 is still weeks, if not months, away from a release date, but speculation is at a fever pitch about this year's cover athlete.
With the official reveal likely coming soon, let's take a look at everything we know so far about the Madden 22 cover athlete.
Latest News - Cover Stars leaked ahead of reveal?
Shortly after the new GOAT-themed reveal trailer was posted, we got a new possible leak that could tell us who will be on this year's cover.
According to this report by Dov Kleiman, both Patrick Mahomes and Tom Brady were spotted in a photo shoot which is believed to have been for the Madden 22 cover.
We've got more details here on this possible leak and what it could mean for Madden 22.
Cover Athlete Reveal Teaser Trailer
It's the first official reveal or teaser trailer for Madden 22, and EA Sports decided to lean heavy on the "GOAT" imagery.
There's been heavy speculation that the choice to feature two goats in the video, and include the goat emoji in the text of the tweet twice, are a sign there will be two cover stars this year.
While that's still unclear and unofficial, it does line up with comments by EA CEO Andrew Wilson that the Madden 22 cover would be "a little different" than previous years.
Madden 22 Release Date, Platforms & Editions
As of now, there is no official release date for Madden 22, but the most likely time to expect the game based on previous years is likely August 20, 2021 or August 27, 2021.
We should get some news on June 17, 2021, which was the date featured in the potential cover athlete reveal teaser, but we don't know for sure what all will be announced on that day.
We don't have official word about platforms or editions, but previous years saw a Standard and MVP Edition of Madden, with the latter including extra bonuses for Ultimate Team.
Top Cover Athlete Contenders
With the Madden 22 cover athlete yet to be officially announced, there is still room for speculation about exactly who might be chosen as the face of the gaming franchise this year.
We recently took a look at some of the top names in the conversation, and many of them could still be dark horse contenders for this year's cover.
However, by now there are really only four names left at the top of the pile, and these are the most likely choices that could be the Madden 22 cover athlete.
It's hard to keep Tom Brady out of the conversation for Madden 22 cover athlete, and that's especially true now that a goat-themed teaser has been released.
There's no denying that he's one of the greatest the game has ever seen, and being on this year's cover would make him the first NFL star to grace the Madden cover more than once.
When it comes to the conversation about the greatest of all time, one name that can't be ignored is Peyton Manning, and he definitely became part of the conversation thanks to the inclusion of Peyton Hillis in the teaser.
While it would be a bit on the nose, we definitely could see the legendary Manning on the main cover or be an MVP Edition cover athlete for Madden 22.
While it's undeniable the impact Patrick Mahomes has had on the NFL so far and will likely continue to have for years to come, he wasn't really in the cover athlete conversation until the leak that pointed to Mahomes and Brady being on the cover together.
It's an unlikely choice, as it would make them both the only NFL athletes to be on two different Madden covers, but it would match up with their battle from Super Bowl LV.
The final name who is still worth considering for the Madden 22 cover athlete is Derrick Henry, who was supposedly leaked as the pick via a tweet back in February.
As the weeks have gone on that leak has looked less and less likely, but that doesn't mean Henry isn't still in the running, and it would still be a great call to make him the face of Madden 22.