The Madden 25 cover vote is officially on. EA and ESPN have officially announced the players and brackets for the Madden NFL 25 Cover Vote. The vote will include two brackets, one composed of 32 new-school NFL stars and one of 32 old-school NFL legends, with the winner of each bracket facing off in the finals for the right to appear on the cover. While I appreciate what EA is trying to do showing love to the legends, I think that the Madden cover should got to a current NFL superstar, to me splitting the cover or possibly allowing a non-current player to have the cover to themselves is kind of disrespectful. I’m all for them showing former players love, but the cover isn’t how they should do that in my opinion. But it’s not up to me, so I’ll just vote for my favorite current players and keep it moving.
Throughout the competition, fans can vote for all their favorites by visiting ESPN.com/MaddenVote starting today with all 32 old-school and new-school matchups. And, for the first time ever, SportsNation will debut a limited window of live Twitter voting during their show every Tuesday from 4-5 p.m. ET on ESPN2. Voting starts now and will continue up until the reveal of the winner on Wednesday, April 24.
Over the past week ESPN has hosted a special Wild Card Round via Twitter with Hall of Fame wide receivers Cris Carter and Jerry Rice going toe-to-toe to decide who would earn the last slot in the old-school bracket. Today Jerry Rice took the honors, and will test himself against former Jacksonville Jaguars running back Fred Taylor in the opening round.
Fans can tune into SportsNation every Wednesday at 4pm ET on ESPN 2 to get the weekly results of the Madden NFL 25 Cover Vote. Fans will also have the opportunity to win a trip for two to the Madden NFL 25 Cover Shoot on Wednesday, April 24 and tickets to the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft on Thursday, April 25 in New York City. Starting today and through March 18 Xbox 360 players will be able to click on the Xbox 360 Madden NFL 25 Play and Win banner on the Xbox Live dashboard to gain access to the various ways to enter to win. Full rules and details can be found here.