Barry Sanders is a lot less shy than he used to be. (Chris Park / Invision for EA Sports)

And the football player chosen to grace the cover of the 25th anniversary edition of Madden NFL is [drum roll, please] … Barry Sanders.

The Detroit Lions’ Hall of Fame running back beat Minnesota Vikings present-day running back Adrian Peterson in voting conducted by ESPN’s SportsNation. Sanders finished with 58 percent of the vote.

The game will be released Aug. 27.

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