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Antonio Brown appears to be the cover athlete for Madden 19 (pic)

The cat may be out of the bag regarding the historically closely guarded secret about who will appear on the cover of an upcoming edition of EA Sports’ iconic “Madden” video game series. And it appears that Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown has landed on the cover of “Madden 19.”

Steelers Depot on Tuesday tweeted out an image of several “Madden 19” covers on which Brown is portrayed as the cover athlete.

A subsequent, apparent misstep from an individual running the Electronic Arts’ Twitter help account all but confirmed it, according to a screenshot from Tuesday evening.

Sure, this could all be a smokescreen and EA Sports is simply trolling everyone. But that would require an inordinate amount of effort for a “gotcha” moment.

Interestingly, Brown is scheduled to appear Thursday on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and the late-night talk show has been previously utilized as a platform for the upcoming “Madden” cover athletes to discuss the honor.

What’s more, Brown recently became a first-time member of the exclusive “Madden 99 Club” due to his extremely rare and high ranking, even landing a pair of custom gold cleats from Nike in recognition. So him landing on the cover makes sense in that regard.

So, is Brown the next “Madden” cover athlete? All signs point to “yes,” the dreaded so-called “Madden Curse” be damned.

Either way, expect an official announcement in short order as “Madden 19” is slated for release on Aug. 10.