- Release date: August 12, 2002 (Based on on the 2002 NFL season.)
- Cover athlete: Marshall Faulk RB St. Louis Rams (Game Boy Advance, GameCube, Nintendo DS, PlayStation, PS2, Xbox, Windows PC)
- The NFL expansion franchise Houston Texans appeared in the game as a regular team for the first time this year.
- This was also the first year of the new NFL alignment from 6 divisions to 8 divisions.
- 99 Overall Club: RB Marshall Faulk (Rams), LG Larry Allen (Cowboys), DT Warren Sapp (Buccaneers), LE Michael Strahan (Giants), MLB Ray Lewis (Ravens)