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.