For the first time ever, EA Sports allowed football fans and video game enthusiasts to select who would appear on the cover of its annual Madden NFL title last year. Michael Vick, the Eagles' lone representative in 2011, fought valiantly until the final round, where a groundswell of support catapulted Peyton Hillis to victory, making the Browns' running back perhaps the worst player to be honored in the cover's rich tradition.
Vick is searching for vengeance this time around, but EA expanded the format from 32 to 64 players this year. Before he can return to the final round, Vick must first go through teammate LeSean McCoy, who is coming off of an All-Pro season.
Personally, we'll be pulling for Shady. Vick already appeared on the cover with the Falcons for Madden '04, and he is coming off of a disappointing season. McCoy just completed a breakout season, finishing fourth in rushing yards, fifth in total yards from scrimmage, and first in the NFL with 20 touchdowns. A combination of finesse and power, McCoy is ready to take center stage.
Of course, this is only the first round of a long, grueling, some would say pointless tournament. Examining the field, you'd have to think Tim Tebow is the favorite to win this thing. Either Victor Cruz or Jason Pierre-Paul could make some noise for the Super Bowl Champs, and my dark horses are Calvin Johnson and Cam Newton.
Better hurry -- voting for the first round only lasts until... March 21? Ughhh FANTASTIC!
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