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16 NFL Players Advance in Madden NFL 13 Cover Vote Campaign

Arian Foster Ousts Tim Tebow; Stage is Set for Battle of New York

March 28, 2012 Since March 7, fans nationwide have been casting their votes to determine the next cover athlete for Madden NFL 13, logging 4.3 million votes during the play-in round and more than 8.5 million votes since the start of the bracket phase of the competition on March 21. Weekly fan voting will determine which of the remaining 16 NFL players will advance through seeded brackets - culminating with the unveiling of the Madden NFL 13 cover athlete winner on ESPN's SportsNation on April 25 at 5 p.m. ET.

First round voting highlights include:

Upset of the Week
  • No. 11 seed Patrick Willis (LB, San Francisco 49ers) over No. 6 seed Matt Forte (RB, Chicago Bears)
Largest Voting Differential
  • No. 6 seed Calvin Johnson (WR, Detroit Lions) over No. 11 Dwayne Bowe (WR, Kansas City Chiefs)
  • No. 1 seed Cam Newton (QB, Carolina Panthers) over No. 16 seed LeGarrette Blount (RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
Closest Matchups
  • No. 8 seed Antonio Gates (TE, San Diego Chargers) over No. 9 seed Dwight Freeney (DE, Indianapolis Colts)
  • No. 3 seed Arian Foster (RB, Houston Texans) over No. 14 seed Tim Tebow (QB, New York Jets)
Round 2 voting is now open and fans can make their selections exclusively at www.ESPN.com/MaddenVote to determine which of the 16 NFL players advance to the next round of the Madden NFL 13 cover athlete voting campaign. Every Wednesday throughout the campaign, fans can tune in to SportsNation at 5 p.m. ET for analysis and commentary on the competition.

ROUND 2 BREAKDOWN OF MADDEN NFL 13 COVER VOTE CAMPAIGN
  • Cam Newton vs. Antonio Gates
  • LeSean McCoy vs. Larry Fitzgerald
  • Patrick Willis vs. Maurice Jones-Drew
  • Darrelle Revis vs. Victor Cruz
  • Aaron Rodgers vs. Marshawn Lynch
  • Ray Rice vs. Drew Brees
  • Calvin Johnson vs. Arian Foster
  • Jared Allen vs. Rob Gronkowski

Game: Madden NFL 13Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Wii U / Xbox 360Votes for game: 76 - View All
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Member Comments
# 1 elijah53johnston @ 03/28/12 10:52 AM
Wow who do I vote for now. Janikowski and Tebow are out. : (
 
# 2 ratedmoney @ 03/28/12 10:55 AM
Cam Newton your Madden 13 cover boy
 
# 3 mjhyankees @ 03/28/12 10:56 AM
How did Eli Manning lose? Who did he lose to?
 
# 4 FroznYogurt @ 03/28/12 11:05 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by mjhyankees
How did Eli Manning lose? Who did he lose to?
Manning wasn't a candidate to begin with. Cruz & Pierre Paul were the Giant's representatives.
 
# 5 PGaither84 @ 03/28/12 11:15 AM
Only three defensive player left. Willis, Revis, and Allen.

Lets go DEFENSE!!!

It's too bad Revis and Willis would have to go head to head if the both win.
 
# 6 mjhyankees @ 03/28/12 11:33 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by FroznYogurt
Manning wasn't a candidate to begin with. Cruz & Pierre Paul were the Giant's representatives.

A little surprising no? Superbowl MVP, certainly one of the top Qb's in the league last year. This is why I lost interest in the cover athlete...it should be a bona fide star and one who had a huge impact on the league, or is a legend. Some of the names on the list belong and others i just don't see. Leaving ELI off is astounding to me.
 
# 7 Footballfan101 @ 03/28/12 11:36 AM
I vote for Arian Foster over Tebow any day.
 
# 8 FreAk47 @ 03/28/12 12:57 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by mjhyankees
A little surprising no? Superbowl MVP, certainly one of the top Qb's in the league last year. This is why I lost interest in the cover athlete...it should be a bona fide star and one who had a huge impact on the league, or is a legend. Some of the names on the list belong and others i just don't see. Leaving ELI off is astounding to me.
Yea, no Manning...but we have Marshawn Lynch and Antonio Gates? Really?
 
# 9 roadman @ 03/28/12 01:11 PM
Voted Lynch over Rodgers.
 
# 10 ABR173rd @ 03/28/12 01:15 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by roadman
Voted Lynch over Rodgers.
Lol, no you didn't! Was it due to the Madden curse or just wanting to see a RB on the cover?

I'm pulling for Cruz or Mccoy.
 
# 11 mestevo @ 03/28/12 01:20 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by mjhyankees
How did Eli Manning lose? Who did he lose to?
Quote:
Originally Posted by FroznYogurt
Manning wasn't a candidate to begin with. Cruz & Pierre Paul were the Giant's representatives.
Quote:
Originally Posted by mjhyankees
A little surprising no? Superbowl MVP, certainly one of the top Qb's in the league last year. This is why I lost interest in the cover athlete...it should be a bona fide star and one who had a huge impact on the league, or is a legend. Some of the names on the list belong and others i just don't see. Leaving ELI off is astounding to me.
Not surprising, there are players that don't want to sign up for the PR commitment involved. Tomlinson made a big deal about this a couple years ago.
 
# 12 roadman @ 03/28/12 02:19 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by ABR173rd
Lol, no you didn't! Was it due to the Madden curse or just wanting to see a RB on the cover?

I'm pulling for Cruz or Mccoy.
Heck, I voted for everyone in the Central Division last week except for Rodgers.

It's da curse.
 
# 13 spit_bubble @ 03/28/12 03:00 PM
I see this coming down to Cam vs. Megatron.

If Lynch wins every game should come with a free bag of Skittles.
 
# 14 davefmurray @ 03/28/12 04:52 PM
There is no way Tebow lost. They rigged it to avoid shenanigans.
 
# 15 Yeah...THAT Guy @ 03/29/12 09:44 AM
I voted:
Cam > Gates
Fitz > McCoy
Willis > MJD
Cruz > Revis

Lynch > Rodgers
Brees > Rice
Megatron > Australian Beer
Gronk > Mullet
 
# 16 moveitsjosh @ 03/29/12 07:39 PM
I voted Foster over Megatron, for obvious reasons, they have the same role in their team as the guy that puts the team on their back, and well, Foster won the Texans a playoff game.
 
# 17 mjhyankees @ 03/30/12 11:04 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by mestevo
Not surprising, there are players that don't want to sign up for the PR commitment involved. Tomlinson made a big deal about this a couple years ago.

Wow..thanks....didn't know that.
 
# 18 mjhyankees @ 03/30/12 11:07 AM
Too bad he wasn't in it...remember folks

You can't spell ELIte without ELI
 
# 19 lgxjames @ 03/31/12 01:02 AM
please don't vote for Calvin (even tho I did, Gotta support my team)
 
# 20 OGKing @ 04/03/12 03:49 PM
Attention: I can vote for whoever i feel like voting for.
 

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