Appearing on the cover of EA Sports’ Madden video game has been an honor for many, a curse for some, and the annual announcement has become an event in itself. This year, for the first time, EA Sports let the fans choose who they want to see on the cover by way of a 32 player bracket challenge. The winner will be announced April 27th at 4pm on ESPN2’s SportsNation. The finalists are Philadelphia Eagles QB Michael Vick and Cleveland Browns RB Peyton Hillis.
UPDATE (6/7/2011) : Hillis is this years’s Madden 12 cover boy and the new cover has been revealed. We’ve added the new Madden 12 cover to our pictorial history.
If you don’t happen to the like the Madden cover choice, here’s a tutorial that shows you how to make your own Madden cover with Photoshop.
In honor of the coming announcement of this year’s Madden cover boy, we thought we take a look at the previous Madden covers. Even though the initial release of Madden came a more than a decade earlier, no NFL players appeared on the cover until Madden 2001. John Madden himself graced the cover between 1990 and 2000.
Tennessee Titans running back Eddie George was the first NFL player to appear on the Madden cover.
Minnesota Vikings QB Daunte Culpepper
St. Louis Rams RB Marshall Faulk
Atlanta Falcons QB Michael Vick
Baltimore Ravens LB Ray Lewis
Philadelphia Eagles QB Donovan McNabb
Seattle Seahawks RB Shaun Alexander
Tennessee Titans QB Vince Young
Brett Favre was selected for the cover when he “retired” for the first time. After un-retiring and being traded to the New York Jets, EA Sports released a new cover and made it available for download online.
Two players shared the cover for the first time. Pittsburgh Steelers Safety Troy Polamalu and Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald.
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees
Cleveland Browns RB Peyton Hillis
We now know
We’ll find out whether Peyton Hillis or Michael Vick will be on the Madden 12 cover April 27th at 4pm on ESPN2. You can see ESPN’s Kenny Mayne goofing around with Hillis and Vick during a recent visit to ESPN.