'Madden NFL 15' Cover Vote Winner: Richard Sherman Revealed for New Game

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJune 6, 2014


After a month of online voting, Richard Sherman has been named the new cover athlete for the Madden NFL 15 video game.

The superstar was announced as the winner on Friday's SportsCenter after beating Cam Newton in the online vote, according to ESPN, which also provided the cover art:

Obviously, Sherman was quite excited about the victory:

His team sent out this encouraging tweet after the announcement:

Steve Noah of Operation Sports passed along the final vote results:

Sherman spent the past year as one of the most recognizable players on the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks. Since coming into the league in 2011, he has helped Seattle's defense reach elite status along with his fellow cornerbacks and safeties as part of the "Legion of Boom."

He has also shown plenty of individual prowess as one of the top cornerbacks in the league, being named first-team All-Pro for the second year in a row in 2013. 

This win over Newton can provide hope for athletes selected toward the end of the NFL draft. The former fifth-round pick beat out the No. 1 overall selection of the same year, showcasing his rise in popularity.

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This result ends a four-week competition that featured 16 of the best young stars in the league.

Sherman—who was one of only two defensive players in the bracket—was a No. 1 seed who defeated Alshon Jeffery, Jimmy Graham and rival Colin Kaepernick in the first three rounds, each with at least 65 percent of the vote.

He has been active throughout the process on social media, attempting to get votes with this video:

After reaching the final he made sure to note that the competition was for more than just him:

Meanwhile, Newton had an impressive run to the finals as well as the other No. 1 seed in the bracket. He easily defeated Antonio Brown in the first round before taking out Jamaal Charles and eventually Andrew Luck in a close semifinal matchup.

Once in the finals, the quarterback made sure to call out his upcoming opponent:

The hilarious video parodied Sherman's now-famous rant against Michael Crabtree and the rest of the San Francisco 49ers after winning the NFC Championship Game, via ESPN:

While each side stated its case, it was Sherman who ended up winning the vote and will now grace the cover of the popular game.

He now follows in a long line of talented NFL players who have been on the Madden cover, including Marshall Faulk, Michael Vick, Brett Favre, Barry Sanders, Calvin Johnson and others.

On the other hand, he will try to avoid the "Madden Curse," which has seemingly ruined plenty of seasons in the past. Players like Dante Culpepper, Donovan McNabb and Shaun Alexander dealt with injuries and poor showings the following year after being on the video game's cover.

Even Panthers head coach Ron Rivera was afraid of this issue:

Then again, Johnson had a fantastic season in 2012 after being on the cover.

Superstitions aside, Sherman has proven that he is one of the best players in the league over the past few years and certainly among the most popular.

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