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Peyton Hillis on Madden '12 Cover; Michael Vick Denied Second Nod

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 09:  Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles reacts against the Green Bay Packers during the 2011 NFC wild card playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 9, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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Mike BurkeCorrespondent IJune 11, 2016

If you believe in the Madden cover curse, there's good news: Michael Vick was defeated by Peyton Hillis in the final round of the Madden cover voting today.

The selection process this year was different than in years past.  EA Sports decided to go with a bracket-style tournament where fans were given a certain amount of time to vote on matchups, before the winning players advanced.  The original pairings started on March 21, and the contest has been ongoing for the past five weeks.

Vick opened the tournament as a three seed and took down DeMarcus Ware in the opening round.  He moved on to take on Andre Johnson and handled him pretty easily, winning 62 percent of the vote.  In the Elite Eight, Vick took down Patrick Willis to advance to the Final Four.  Here, he squared off against Adrian Peterson and advanced to the final by his slimmest margin of victory, but still managed to win 59 percent of the vote.

Peyton Hillis entered the tournament as a 10 seed.  He narrowly escaped the first round, beating Matt Ryan with 51 percent of the vote.  He gained steam after this dominating Jamaal Charles and Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgers to advance to the championship.

Both players appeared on ESPN earlier today to talk about how they felt about the contest.  Vick said he didn't believe in the curse, although he broke his leg after being placed on the cover while playing for the Falcons.

His style of play is one that causes concern for injury because he often doesn't slide.  We saw him get injured in multiple games last season without being on the cover of Madden.  If he gets injured this season, fans can't blame his injury on the curse.

Vick had the chance to become the first player to grace the cover twice, but will have to wait until next year to have another go at it.

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