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Madden NFL 2016 Cover Vote Athletes Announced: Latest Details and Reaction

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistMay 4, 2015

Patrick Peterson celebrates winning EA SPORTS Madden Bowl 2015 Thursday, Jan., 29, 2015, in Phoenix. (Photo by Donald Traill/Invision for EA SPORTS/AP Images)
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Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson is known for fending off the NFL's top pass-catchers. If he wants to see his face on the cover of Madden 16, however, he will have to fend off three perennial Pro Bowlers.

Peterson joins New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown and New York Giants wideout Odell Beckham Jr. as the four finalists for the coveted honor, EA Sports announced Monday:  

Voting for the semifinals opened at 11 a.m. ET and will continue until 3 a.m. ET on Monday, May 11. You can vote on a number of platforms within the game and online, including the Madden mobile app and through Ultimate Team.

The two finalists will then be placed in a head-to-head battle on May 13, which will be exclusively voted on at ESPN.com. A winner, as has been the case in previous years, will be announced on that evening's SportsCenter at 6 p.m. ET.

Gronkowski stands out as the obvious favorite, a fun-loving superstar who was just part of a Super Bowl-winning team. The Patriots tight end is also the best player in the league at his position and has a strong fanbase outside of the New England area.

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Beckham, who burst onto the scene as a rookie last year, will also pose a threat. His flurry of incredible catches helped push him to the Rookie of the Year award, and he has made waves on social media with random feats of acrobatics.

Peterson and Brown are probably a bit behind the other two in terms of casual fan support, but both are far from out of the running. Peterson is the reigning Madden Bowl winner, giving him the most obvious ties to the game. Brown has the robust Steelers fanbase at his back and led the NFL last season in nearly every major receiving category.

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