Aaron Rodgers: Do Packers Fans Really Want Their Star QB on the Madden Cover?

J FCorrespondent IMarch 29, 2011

ARLINGTON, TX - FEBRUARY 06:  Quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers calls out from under center against the Pittsburgh Steelers during Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium on February 6, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers essentially received the No. 1 seed in EA Sport's Madden cover tournament bracket.

While he was the obvious choice as the Super Bowl MVP, and deserves to be honored with the hallowed cover appearance, should celebrating cheeseheads really want him to grace the front of Madden 12?

There is always the fear of the curse.

Some may say it doesn't exist, but its existence is still acknowledged and considered when accepting the offer to be on the cover.

After the first round of fan voting, Rodgers moved on by collecting 72 percent of the vote over Ndamukong Suh of the Lions.

Even the man himself is unsure whether to laugh or cry. After his opening victory he tweeted, "Looks like I'm in the next round of madden voting. Thank u for all the votes....right???"

Only time will tell if Rodgers should be thankful if he does win the tournament.

Green Bay has a large fan base across the nation that has come to adore their new QB. Most fans would love to see the Green and Gold represented once again. Especially after the debacle that led to Brett Favre's jersey on 2009's cover being replaced to green and white after his departure from Titletown.

However, some fans might be voting to protect their emerging QB.

Should Packers' fans be concerned that the quarterback who led them to an unlikely Super Bowl victory will suffer a devastating injury next season, threatening a good shot at a repeat and potentially ruining his career?

Injuries are a part of football, and anything can happen. Rodgers had a rough year last year with two concussions without being Madden's cover boy.

While the greats that have gone before him have not been able to completely evade the curse, Rodgers could be the one to do it.

This man has succeeded the legendary Brett Favre with success after facing mounds of adversity throughout his football career. Fans shouldn't be surprised if he topples the Madden curse as well, and adds that impressive feat to his growing list of accomplishments.

The cover of Madden NFL 2012 no doubt belongs to Aaron Rodgers. But it will be up to the votes of Packers fans to decide if they truly want to test the curse. 

Even if a majority of cheeseheads vote for Sam Bradford in the second round as to not tempt fate, I'm sure Bears fans, Vikings fans and probably even Brett Favre himself will be voting for Rodgers as much as they can.

The entire NFC North knows that as long as Aaron Rodgers is behind center for the Packers, a division title will not come easily.

If there is no season, maybe the lockout will finally conquer the curse and they'll put Roger Goodell on the cover.

But if you do decide to join the "Vote for A-Rod" campaign, start praying that Rodgers' ability to escape in the pocket will help him evade the infamous Madden curse.

Update: Rodgers currently has 77% of the vote against Sam Bradford.