Being selected for the cover of the yearly edition of Madden is one of the highest honors in professional sports and serves as proof that the honoree(s) is officially unofficially the man.
EA Sports decided to shake things up this year for its cover athlete selection process. To compete with March Madness, the company decided to hold its own 64-player tournament to determine who gets the cover of Madden 25.
The players were divided into 32 current stars (one player per team) and 32 NFL legends. Results were entirely determined by fan voting. The field has been narrowed down to a Final Four of Barry Sanders, Jerry Rice, Arian Foster, and Adrian Peterson.
Since throwbacks have no place on a Madden cover (leave that to 2K Sports), we can ignore Sanders and Rice. Peterson and Foster are decent options, though there are definitely players more deserving of being a Madden cover athlete based off their performance during the 2012-13 season.
That is what the Madden cover should signify: the ultimate NFL stud of the moment.
If EA Sports had not given fans all the power (rookie mistake) or had done a field entirely full of current players, the Final Four might look more representative of the NFL superstars who excelled last season.