EA Sports is once again holding a fan vote to select a cover athlete for Madden NFL 13! This year the field moves to 64 players with 2 from each team getting selected. As the candidates get announced, ZFarls looks to see who is the favorite to take down the cover and look to break the curse!
Tim Tebow – Tebow won Madden Bowl for #TeamClutch and also was on NCAA Football 11 cover. His Florida ties make him a good chance, oh yeah and he is the most popular and hated player in the NFL all at the same time! Gotta love his chances to win!
The Challengers –
Cam Newton- This rookie took the NFL by storm with his gaudy numbers including rushing TD’s. Will he get enough support from Carolina who is a relatively new fan base compared to Green Bay or Dallas?
Rob Gronkowski – In Madden 12 Cover Vote, RB Danny Woodhead made a nice run and he is nowhere near as popular as Gronk and his famous Spike have become! Imagine if he had caught that Hail Mary at the end of Superbowl 46 or had been healthy? Wow!
Mike Vick – The man is another polarizing figure, he made it all the way to the finals of last years vote as well. Now, he didn’t have as good of a season and got injured after his 2004, cover, but you have to like his chances!
Victor Cruz – The Salsa, the story, the underdog, the SB Win and TD. Why not keep the dream alive for the Umass kid who was 2nd in the NFL in receiving yards? With Manningham leaving, his role will continue to grow and with Eli Manning voters getting behind him, who knows?
If Aaron Rodgers is selected from Green Bay, there is a spot for him on this list!
The Longshots -
Raiders with Shane Lechler and Sebastian Janikowski also Blaine Gabbert of the Jaguars. The Special Teamers of the Oakland Raiders are very talented and both 98-99 in the game, however it was surprising to see two former EA Cover Guys in Carson Palmer and Darren McFadden passed up in their favor. Blaine Gabbert it the second candidate behind MJD on one of the least popular NFL Teams!
Josh Freeman is another guy who last year might have one a round or two, but will have a hard time this season.
Other Players in the mix…
Miami Dolphins: Reggie Bush versus Brandon Marshall
New York Jets: Mark Sanchez versus Darrelle Revis
New England Patriots: Wes Welker versus Rob Gronkowski
Buffalo Bills: Stevie Johnson versus Ryan Fitzpatrick
Denver Broncos: Tim Tebow versus Von Miller
Kansas City Chiefs: Dwayne Bowe versus Derrick Johnson
Oakland Raiders: Shane Lechler versus Sebastian Janikowski
San Diego Chargers: Philip Rivers versus Antonio Gates
Arizona Cardinals: Larry Fitzgerald versus Patrick Peterson
San Francisco 49ers: Patrick Willis versus Vernon Davis
St. Louis Rams: Brandon Lloyd versus Chris Long
Seattle Seahawks: Marshawn Lynch versus Earl Thomas
Dallas Cowboys: DeMarcus Ware versus Jason Witten
New York Giants: Victor Cruz versus Jason Pierre-Paul
Philadelphia Eagles: LeSean McCoy versus Michael Vick
Washington Redskins: Ryan Kerrigan versus Brian Orakpo
About the Author: ZFarls is a 23 Year Old Madden Baller from Boston, MA. Along with Sgibs, he owns Madden Bible and looks to give players advanced strategies and tactics to win more madden games. He preaches confidence in what you are running and knowing the situation you are in. Everything else will come naturally!