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1. 1990 — The first is the best, with John Madden mimicking the way he busted through the wall in Miller Lite ads.

2. 2001 — The first one without the former coach on the cover, Eddie George started a new era of injuries.

3. 2005 — Madden turns it over, making Ray Lewis the only defensive player to grace the cover.

4. 1993 — The end of an era; it’s the last one that reads “John Madden Football” on the box, which takes us to …

5. 1994 — The game gets serious. The smile is gone. And so is the first name.