AP to make MADDEN 25 Cover?
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#1 Apr 15, 2013
Adrian Peterson: Vikings star routs RGIII in Madden 25 playoffs
Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is now only two electoral victories away from gracing the cover of the Madden 25 video football game.
That may or may not be a good thing.
The NFL MVP overwhelmed Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III in a 70-30 landslide in the semifinals of the "New School" side of the tournament bracket. More than 542,000 online votes were cast in the ESPN/EA Sports balloting.
But is this a victory you should be cheering? There's the little matter of the infamous Madden curse that has stricken previous cover stars. Some suffered severe injuries after making the Madden cover (See 1999's Garrison Hearst and 2004's Michael Vick). Others (See 2010's Larry Fitzgerald) endured disappointing seasons.
Peterson would appear to be an overwhelming favorite in this week's New School finals against Houston's Arian Foster (a narrow winner over Seattle QB Russell Wilson in their matchup). How many of you would know Foster if you ran into him on the street without his Texans jersey? Not many.
The Peterson-Foster winner will face the "Old School" champion in the Madden 25 finals. That will be either Barry Sanders (a 57-43 upset winner over Joe Montana) or Jerry Rice (who gassed Deion Sanders 60-40).
So from here, it looks like All Day is a prohibitive favorite to grace the cover of the 25th anniversary edition of the game, which goes on sale August 27 at the suggested retail price of $59.99.
Would this mean the Vikings' hero would be doomed to failure this season? Not necessarily so. He could take solace in the fact that 2013 cover star Calvin Johnson may have shattered the Madden Curse. Detroit's Megatron set an NFL record last season by tallying 1,964 receiving yards.
Then again, the Lions crashed and burned, turning from wild cards to jokers in a 4-12 campaign.
Voting for Madden semifinals runs through Wednesday on ESPN's SportsNation website .
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