Unlike last year, when Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson was honored by gracing the cover of Madden 2013 (while beating players such as Cam Newton in the process), Madden 25 will consist of both current and former players competing for the prestigious cover. There’s two sides, old school and new school, featuring players such as Colin Kaepernick, Andrew Luck and Clay Matthews of the current NFL stars.
The voting is down to the semifinals, pitting Barry Sanders against Jerry Rice (You can vote here on ESPN), and Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson versus Houston Texans running back Arian Foster. Sanders has taken down the likes of Marcus Allen, Ray Lewis and most recently, Joe Montana on his way to the final four.
The voting began April 11th and concludes today.
Jerry Rice is widely proclaimed the top wide receiver to ever play the game. This past season, Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson broke Rice’s record for most receiving yards in a season, with 1,964 yards.
Barry Sanders, in his own right, is widely proclaimed as the most elusive back of all-time. If not for a sudden retirement, it’s likely Sanders would’ve broke Walter Payton’s all-time career rushing mark (which was later broken by Emmitt Smith). Sanders ended his career with 15,269 yards on 3,062 carries, falling just 1,457 yards away from the record.
Madden 25 is set to hit stores across the country on August 27th, 2013. Last year, Madden 13 sold over 900,000 games in the first 24 hours.
I have to say Im excited and very much anticipating the Madden results this afternoon. Its really been fun to engage with the fans directly.
— Barry Sanders (@BarrySanders) April 17, 2013
With Sanders in the Final Four, will Motown have back-to-back MVP’s and Madden Cover winners in consecutive seasons? We’ll find out this afternoon.
Make sure to check back with Detroit Jock City April 25th, as Bradley La Brie and Tony Fischer live blog the 2013 NFL Draft.