After hinting all weekend that they would be announcing something big, EA has revealed that it’s now time again to vote for the cover athlete for Madden NFL 12. This is something that has proven popular in past years and looks like it’s here to stay, fans voting on the cover that is. Beginning today and continuing through April 27, fans can participate in a bracket-style voting campaign on www.espn.com/MaddenVote and choose among 32 candidates (one representative from every NFL team) to appear on the cover of Madden NFL 12 (yes you can vote once daily). Fans’ votes will determine which NFL players advance through the seeded bracket, culminating in the reveal of the Madden NFL 12 cover athlete on ESPN’s “SportsNation” on April 27. While I am not a huge fan of the cheesy ESPN tie-in, I think I like the concept of every team having the chance to have someone on the cover.
Though the entire list won’t be revealed until later today at 4pm on SportsNation, we do know that Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Michael Vick, Maurice Jones-Drew, Adrian Peterson and Julius Peppers will be among the possible candidates. Candidates from each NFL team were selected and seeded based on a variety of criteria including on-the-field performance during the 2010 NFL season, their visibility within their franchise and community, and their personal career journey. Every Monday throughout the campaign, fans can tune in to ESPN’s “SportsNation” at 4pm Eastern for the latest voting results and see who will advance to the next round. Fans can also visit the Madden NFL Facebook page (www.facebook.com/EASPORTSMaddenNFL) to fill out their own Madden NFL 12 cover athlete bracket to compete against their friends and co-workers for the chance to win a variety of prizes including Super Bowl tickets and copies of Madden NFL 12. Visit www.facebook.com/EASPORTSMaddenNFL/ for Official Rules. Madden NFL 12, which launches in August, marks the 23rd edition of the video game in franchise history. Since its debut in 1989, Madden NFL has over 90 million units sold-in to date.
Okay, we have a few guys names already, which covers the one player from the Packers, Saints, Eagles, Vikings, Jaguars, and Bears. That still leaves 26 teams. Who do think should be up for those teams? Hope this thing doesn’t get QB heavy, but I have a few guesses.
- Matt Ryan or Roddy White for Falcons
- Josh Cribbs for the Browns
- Larry Fitzgerald for the Cardinals
- Ndamukong Suh for the Lions
Ok that’s just a few of our guesses, what are yours?