College football may be a seasonal sport, but the love for the EA Sports NCAA Football video game series never takes time off. That's why fans were pumped when the 2013 cover art was released.
The EA Sports NCAA franchise is arguably the greatest football series ever produced for video game consoles, but this year’s game steps up the intensity by making the choice to have two stars grace the cover of the game.
2011 Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III and 1988 Heisman Trophy winner Barry Sanders.
The anticipation about which star would grace the cover is over and the questions about which former college legend would also hold position have been answered. And what a pairing!
RGIII was the most dominate player in college football in 2011 and is riding that momentum to a potentially great NFL career. The honor of being on the cover shows not just how good he was on the field, but how popular he was amongst college football fans.
Griffin’s partner on the cover of the 2013 version of the game schedule for release this summer is Oklahoma State alumni Barry Sanders. Not only was Sanders the greatest Detroit Lion in history and one of the most talented players to ever step on a field, he was a star at Oklahoma State before any of that.
The NFL legend and NCAA 2013 coverboy Barry Sanders took to Twitter to share his appreciation:
The combination of a star like Sanders and Griffin on the same cover is an odd way for the EA team to go about the artwork, but the unique qualities it shows are why the game maker is always pushing the envelope.
Many fans will complain that somehow the BCS and NCAA worked together to ensure that two Big 12 teams made the cover, while no other conference was represented. To those fans, grow up.
The fact that the good people of EA Sports gave us an under-appreciated college-legend like Barry Sanders shows that the fans are getting more of what they want. Just sit back and enjoy it.
As fun as all the talk about the game is right now, it makes me want it even more. Until it comes out, NCAA 2012 will just have to do.