Madden 13 Cover: Calvin Johnson Beats Cam Newton to Earn Coveted Honor

Zachary D. RymerMLB Lead WriterApril 25, 2012

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 18:  Calvin Johnson #81 of the Detroit Lions looks on in pre-game warmups before the game against the Oakland Raiders at Coliseum on December 18, 2011 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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It's official. Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson is going to be on the cover of Madden NFL 13.

It was revealed that Megatron had won the honor over Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton on ESPN's SportsNation. The show's Twitter account passed along the good news:

The winner of @SportsNation 's Madden NFL 13 Cover Vote is Calvin Johnson! #MaddenCoverWinner…

— SportsNation (@SportsNation) April 25, 2012

The picture that accompanies that tweet is different from the one that was shown on TV, but it's Megatron all the same. He's your Madden cover boy this year.

Johnson is the first wide receiver to grace the cover of Madden since Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald shared the cover of Madden NFL 10 with Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu. Megatron is the first wide receiver to have the cover all to himself.

He earned it. Last year, Johnson caught 96 passes for 1,681 yards and 16 touchdowns. He had five games with multiple touchdown receptions and surpassed 100 yards receiving on eight occasions.

This is not to say that Newton couldn't have just as easily ended up on the cover. He had the greatest rookie season in NFL history last year, amassing over 4,000 yards passing and 700 yards rushing. There's no doubt some will consider his loss to Johnson an upset.

However, some Panthers fans are probably breathing a sigh of relief right about now. With Newton missing out on the Madden cover, he is safe from the dreaded cover curse. That's Megatron's problem to deal with now.

Will Megatron beat the curse? Few players do, but it bodes well for Johnson that Fitzgerald had a very good season the year he was on the cover. Johnson will look to be the next receiver to beat the curse.

Still, Detroit fans should cross their fingers.


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