The people have spoken and Barry Sanders is the man who will grace the cover of Madden 25. Sanders proved the sports-video-game world is still nostalgic. The memories—or YouTube footage—of Sanders' amazing moves on the field beat out Adrian Peterson's remarkable 2012 season.
The Detroit Lions released the official cover photo via Twitter following the announcement:
Detroit Lions @Lions
Here is the cover! Congratulations, @BarrySanders! http://t.co/b9dJn2drUo4/25/2013, 1:00:21 AM
Before the showdown with A.P., Sanders knocked off the best of the legends in the old-school bracket.
He went through Ron Rivera, Marcus Allen, Ray Lewis, Joe Montana and Jerry Rice to get to the finals.
A.P. smashed through all comers in the new-school bracket. On his route to the final two, he defeated Carson Palmer, LeSean McCoy, Rob Gronkowski, Robert Griffin III and Arian Foster.
Honestly, I thought he would take Barry down as well.
Both men left an impressive list of fallen foes in their wake. It's proof of just how popular both are with gamers today.
While either man would be acceptable as a cover athlete, it is refreshing to see fans recognize a great from the past. It pays homage to players that paved the way for stars like Peterson.
In his career, Sanders rushed for 15,269 yards and was one of the most exciting players to ever play the game. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2004.
That's got to be worth the Madden cover.
In a perfect world, there would be two covers.
Fans could possibly choose which one they want—while supplies last in stores, of course. Those that prefer the game with Peterson on the cover could have it, or even a cover with both players would be cool.
In reality, there can only be one, and this year, it is Sanders.
After the old-school vs. new-school angle EA Sports took this year, it will be interesting to see how it approaches the cover vote next season.
The cover-vote process always seems to bring a ton of attention to the game during the buildup before the release.
For now, I'm anxiously awaiting the news that reveals in what capacity Sanders will be playable in Madden 25.
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