Madden 13 Cover Vote Kicks Off Today

By Mark Delaney, 6 years ago
With March Madness right around the corner, EA Sports has decided to gather their own bracketologists and run a new 64-player elimination tournament, as voted on by the fans, to decide who will be crowned Madden NFL 13's cover star. Last year was the first year fan voting was enabled, and Cleveland Browns runningback Peyton Hillis defeated Aaron Rodgers and Mike Vick in back-to-back rounds to pull off a massive upset, thanks largely to a powerful Facebook campaign led by some Brownies. This year, EA is doubling the size of the tournament and this first preliminary round will feature two players from every team facing off against each other. The full list can be seen below.


Ravens - Terrell Suggs v. Ray Rice
Steelers - Troy Polamalu v. Ben Roethlisberger
Browns - Joe Haden v. Joe Thomas
Bengals - Andy Dalton v. AJ Green

Texans - Arian Foster v. Andre Johnson
Colts - Dwight Freeney v. Robert Mathis
Jaguars - Maurice Jones-Drew v. Blaine Gabbert
Titans - Chris Johnson v. Kenny Britt

Jets - Mark Sanchez v. Darrelle Revis
Patriots - Wes Welker v. Rob Gronkowski
Dolphins - Reggie Bush v. Brandon Marshall
Bills - Stevie Johnson v. Ryan Fitzpatrick

Chargers - Phillip Rivers v. Antonio Gates
Chiefs - Dwayne Bowe v. Derrick Johnson
Broncos - Tim Tebow v. Von Miller
Raiders - Sebastian Janikowski v. Shane Lechler


Bears - Jay Cutler v. Matt Forte
Packers - Aaron Rodgers v. Clay Matthews
Lions - Calvin Johnson v. Matt Stafford
Vikings - Percy Harvin v. Jared Allen

Falcons - Matt Ryan v. Julio Jones
Saints- Drew Brees v. Jimmy Graham
Panthers - Cam Newton v. Steve Smith
Buccaneers - Legarrette Blount v. Josh Freeman

Eagles - Mike Vick v. LeSean McCoy
Giants - Victor Cruz v. Jason Pierre-Paul
Cowboys - Demarcus Ware v. Jason Witten
Redskins - Brian Orakpo v. Ryan Kerrigan

Rams - Chris Long v. Brandon Lloyd
49ers - Vernon Davis v. Patrick Willis
Seahawks - Marshawn Lynch v. Earl Thomas
Cardinals - Larry Fitzgerald v. Patrick Peterson
There's quite a bit I find interesting with these choices. First and foremost: the Raiders. Your kicker and your punter? Really? On a team with Darren McFadden, Carson Palmer — heck, even Stanford Routt would be more compelling than your special teams unit! Also, as a Titans fan, I'm curious how or why Jake Locker was chosen ahead of Kenny Britt opposite CJ2K. He hasn't done much in the league yet. There are also quite a few players going for their second appearance on the cover, like Drew Brees, Larry Fitzgerald, and Troy Polamalu.

You can head over to Sportsnation's Facebook page to vote in the preliminary round. I'll be sharing my votes a bit later in the comments section, and I'd love to see everyone else's too! Madden NFL 13 is due out sometime this summer.
Mark Delaney
Written by Mark Delaney
Mark is a Boston native now living in Portland, Oregon. He's the Editorial Manager on TA, loves story-first games, and is one of three voices on the TA Playlist podcast. Outside of games he likes biking, sci-fi, the NFL, and spending time with his fiancée and son. He almost never writes in the third person.