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Many of these first round matchups were a bit...I guess the word would be “silly,” so let’s get to the good stuff. Who did our experts pick to be voted onto the cover of Madden ’12?
Sam Westmoreland: Aaron Rodgers. The Packers quarterback has to be the hands-down favorite to land the cover this season. His emergence as one of the best quarterbacks in football was one of the dominant storylines of the year, as was his leading the Packers to the Super Bowl, despite having no running game and no tight ends. He’s my pick to win the whole enchilada plate.
Gabe Zaldivar: Aaron Rodgers. There is no way this does not happen. He is the Super Bowl MVP for crying out loud! He is the epitome of NFL success at the moment. I guess he could be thwarted by my up-and-coming pick of Jordan Gross. Oh, please make that happen.
Rob Kelley: Matching up against Aaron Rodgers in the finals will be Vick, who will look to make his second appearance on the cover. But after his involvement in illegal and immoral dogfighting, not to mention actually dissing Oprah, Rodgers will get the votes necessary to grace the cover of Madden ’12.
Wes O’Donnell: Aaron Rodgers.The reigning Super Bowl MVP encompasses everything we look for in the Madden cover player. He has the statistics, he has the attitude, he has what it takes to win football games and he has arguably the best touchdown celebration in the league. He took the end of the season by storm, winning every “must win” game from week 16 on and has never given fans a reason to dislike him.
Tim Wood: Aaron Rodgers. Titletown deserves to be on the cover. Rodgers just barely edges out Vick for me here. This might be an all-time conspiracy controversy in the gamers’ world. I think Vick would win the fan vote, but again, you can make a strong case for Rodgers. And EA would NEVER have the guts to put Vick out front. It’s still too soon.
Yours truly: Wow, guys! Way to mix it up!
Aaron Rodgers may seem like the “safe” choice here, but as much as I’d like to see little Danny Woodhead on the cover of Madden ’12, I have to agree with the experts. Aaron Rodgers wins the tourney AND the cover of Madden NFL 2012.