EA Sports reveals Madden 12 cover finalists, controversy begins in 3... 2...

EA Sports may soon regret its decision to leave the image of its Madden franchise in the hands of online voters. Yesterday, the publisher announced the two football star finalists vying for a coveted spot on Madden 12's cover; one of which could put EA in an awkward position.

The tournament style promotion, which began with a representative from all 32 NFL teams on March 21st, has resulted in a final face-off between the Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis, and Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick. And while the argument can be made that Hillis is a few accomplishments shy of deserving a Madden cover, the real controversy in EA's online tourney is the inclusion of Michael Vick, who was convicted of running a dog fighting ring back in 2007, and has yet to shake off the stink that's followed him since.

Yeah, yeah, he paid for his crimes, stop being such a whiny pansy and all that. Fair enough. The man paid his dues as deemed by society. But even putting the horrific animal abuse aside (not something I ever thought I'd write), there's also the small fact Michael Vick already graced the cover of EA's football series for Madden 2004. If he wins, it will be the first time a player has made a repeat appearance. Surely there are other more deserving players who deserve the honor, no?

The online voting is open until April 25th, after which the winner will be revealed on ESPN's SportsNation on April 27th.

[Source: ESPN Sportsnation via Kotaku]

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  • D0CCON - April 22, 2011 3:58 a.m.

    Rodgers lost. I can't care anymore.
  • ZigzMagoo - April 21, 2011 12:45 a.m.

    Brady had the best stats of the season, and it wasn't because of him that the Pats lost. Sorry, but as you can tell I am quite passionate about the Pats
  • jmcgrotty - April 20, 2011 9:01 a.m.

    While I understand your point in most of this article, I have to say that I think the fact that Vick has been on a cover before is irrelevant. Sure, there are plenty of people who have never been on there before, and definitely some others that deserve it more, but I feel the fact that they have a previous cover shouldn't come into it.
  • JBizFoShiz - April 20, 2011 7:50 a.m.

    @Zigzmagoo: Chill. This isn't Deadspin. And as great as Brady was, Roethlisberger and Rodgers headed their teams to the big game. Were they the only factors? No but QBs take the glory/punishment from the media. Just on QBs alone, Rodgers, Roethlisberger, Ryan, Rivers, P. Manning and Brees would be good recognizable covers. Maybe even Sanchez. @Everybody else: I agree with WillisTron. I love animals as much as the next (average and sane) person, but he did his time and, as far as I know, paid his dues. Has Brett Favre? Not really, but everybody's perfectly okay with him texting shots of his dong and harassing cute women. Madden fans will not NOT buy Madden 12 because of who's on the cover. Fact. The uninitiated still won't bother... Do you think the average non-madden-playing gamer knows/recognizes who was on the cover of '11? What about '10? Ultimately though, Vick DOES NOT deserve to be the first NFL player ever to grace Madden's cover twice. But what do I know? I'm not voting. recaptcha: Rham inertate yeah! I'm gonna Rham it inertate all night long! *fist-bump* *flex* *downs a Jagerbomb*
  • ZigzMagoo - April 20, 2011 4:22 a.m.

    Okay, I dont really care about the dogs...but being a hardcore Patriots fan, how the fuck would Vick be considered over Brady. Brady's season was better than any other quarterback, and is one of the best quarterbacks in history. That is pure bullshit. And I dare anybody to debate me on the Pats.
  • chriszewski - April 20, 2011 1:49 a.m.

    There is no possible way EA can allow Vick to be on the cover. PETA is the 34th largest military power with many picket signs and markers at the ready. Does Vick deserve to be on the cover? Maybe. Will EA put him there? Not a fucking chance.
  • Dvsshark - April 20, 2011 1:10 a.m.

    The truth, I want Vick on the cover so I can see everybody blow up with o so delicious rage.
  • Turboash - April 20, 2011 1:07 a.m.

    Two words... Jamarcus Russel
  • LTS - April 20, 2011 12:04 a.m.

    Peyton Hillis- a Broncos 3rd string Fullback 2 years ago Michael Vick- in Federal Prison 2 years ago. Both guys deserve it, but give it to Hillis since Vick already has bene on a Madden cover before.
  • yagirlfriendsfavoriterapper - April 19, 2011 11:55 p.m.

    Vick will be on the cover if EA is smart.
  • FlyinHawaiian13 - April 19, 2011 11:41 p.m.

    We can either have a guy who routinely murders mans best friend, or a whole nation of average madden fans wondering who the hell is on the cover. Good times.
  • EwoksTasteLikeChicken - April 19, 2011 11:36 p.m.

    I hate this guy for being a dog fighter, but even if I put that aside, I really don't see what's so great about Vick. Lots of my friends like him, and I honestly have no idea why. Besides, it's not even fair to be on the cover twice, when there are better players that haven't been on there yet.
  • Stabby_Joe - April 19, 2011 10:54 p.m.

    @WillisTron "But to say someone should die because he killed a dog?" I thought it was a racket that ended up killing more than one?
  • WillisTron - April 19, 2011 10:24 p.m.

    @Abe504 This. I'm sorry, I love animals, like i really do - have my two dogs that I love to death. If I saw an injured dog I would probably scoop it up and bring it to a vet. BUT they are animals, not people - yes he killed a few dogs - I would never do it, but jesus, can we not view him as a murderer, or say who should be killed? So I would have to presume EVERYONE that lashes out on Vick has NEVER stepped on an ant or killed a fly right? They're living things too, why should a dog be more important? P.S. I'm not at all condoning animal cruelty, I think it's horrible. But to say someone should die because he killed a dog? That's pushing it way too far. I think the fact that he went to jail for it is more than enough.
  • Abe504 - April 19, 2011 9:28 p.m.

    Man America is the only country on earth that values a damn dogs life over a human, get over it, im not vouching for the guy but he did his time, its a dog, u know how many dogs we put down just for being alive everyday. And this is even beside the fact, who cares who is on the cover of Madden, u should be buying the game if a. you like football b. you live football video games
  • TrojanGold - April 19, 2011 9:20 p.m.

    @AGENTJORRG, yeah no he isn't, not anymore, he did what was sentenced to him and it's over, forgive and forget, MOVE THE FUCKING FUCK ON if everyone kept grudges their entire life over stuff there would be zero progress in anything @one-fish- oh man, soo witty and clever of you, you deserve a job as a regular writer, you're too funny remove head from ass before commenting people, this is why gamers are still considered retarded children
  • RicePuddingUK - April 19, 2011 9:13 p.m.

    Who actually buys these games?
  • Queefitswhatsfordinner - April 19, 2011 8:56 p.m.

    If Vick being on the cover is such a problem (which I don't think it should be), then people should just vote for Hillis. It's an online poll for gods sake.
  • One-FISH- - April 19, 2011 8:56 p.m.

    Wow, wonder if dog killing gets to be part of training camp.
  • Fady2Hotty - April 19, 2011 8:45 p.m.

    Who buys this game for the lone reason of the player on the cover?

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