Peyton Hillis wins vote for Madden 12 cover

Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis has been chosen by online voters to grace the cover of EA's upcoming Madden 12. Hillis won the role after securing 66% of the 1,095,271 votes split between himself and Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick.

Over 12 million online votes were counted for the entire tournament, which saw a representative from each NFL team compete in a tournament style competition. The final results were announced live last night on ESPN's SportsNight. Highlights of the broadcast include Hillis and Vick feigning interest in how the entire voting went down, and Vick's gentlemanly reaction to his significant defeat.

With only three seasons under his belt, Hillis is a talented but somewhat unlikely choice for Madden's poster man/child. The honor has traditionally been awarded to players with a little more history in the league, such as Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu, who shared the 2010 cover; and New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who won a similar fan vote in 2011. It's likely Vick's dog fighting indictments back in 2007, and the fact he has already been featured on the Madden 2004 cover, played some part in giving Hillis the edge in the final round of EA's competition.

You can see Hillis in his winning pose when Madden 12 releases for all major consoles on August 30th.

[Source: ESPN]

Apr 28, 2011

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  • ZigzMagoo - April 29, 2011 6:39 a.m.

    Just sayin, Brady was the best player of the year
  • 435 - April 28, 2011 11:32 p.m.

    Yay for the underdog! Looks like he had quite the fight on his hands, though. Looks like the voting was rabid and vicious...
  • FlyinHawaiian13 - April 28, 2011 10 p.m.

    As a Steelers fan I feel I need to express my disgust.
  • BackwaterRifle - April 28, 2011 9:39 p.m.

    I don't see what the problem with dog fighting is, because its exactly like pokemon.
  • D0CCON - April 28, 2011 9:19 p.m.

    I thought this was like how the Mets got rick-rolled. You let a bunch of people vote and they will choose the most annoying (or in this case, the least well known) option they can find. I don't really care about this much, but I was hoping Rodgers would make it *sniff*
  • dontshootthereviewer - April 28, 2011 8:40 p.m.

    Hillis is a monster who carries the browns on his back, enough said. I voted for Vick but that was mostly because an annoying person kept bugging people to vote for Hillis, I really would have been happy no matter which one had gotten the cover.
  • Redeater - April 28, 2011 7:12 p.m.

    @SpikroddNG Sweet Christ man while I agree with some of your points I think you are way off if you lump Vick who tortured and killed animals with someone like Woods who cheated on his wife.
  • Redeater - April 28, 2011 7:09 p.m.

    @Derpasaurus Kind of my point. We had the choice between a convicted criminal and someone who is obviously being voted for because as you said he is an underdog (white).
  • SpikroddNG - April 28, 2011 7:07 p.m.

    I can understand that people are pissed about Vick and animal abuse, but that was nearly 4 years ago. He realized he has done wrong (albeit after court, jail, fines and tarnishing his name), but now he's made up for it by playing a stellar season and working with ASPCA to prevent people from doing it in the future. I mean look at Ron Artest... after the huge brawl in 2004 he was a social pariah and the poster child of what not to be in the NBA, but after being lifted from suspension, getting mental rehabilitation and playing solid seasons, he is now the owner of the NBA Citizenship award with his help in mental instability foundations. There's no excuse that Vick couldn't be on the cover because of what happened in the past. Its old news and he regretted it and still does to this day. The only issue here is people who can't seem to let go of a grudge. Artest fucked up, Woods fucked up, Vick fucked up; its what humans do: we fuck up. Through all this, I can understand not giving Vick the cover because he graced it back on Madden 04; that's a valid reason to deny someone the cover. Let's just hope the Madden curse doesn't befall Hillis like it has to players in the past.
  • Sleuth - April 28, 2011 6:43 p.m.

    I was hoping for Vick, but maybe some other time.
  • EnragedTortoise1 - April 28, 2011 6:21 p.m.

    I couldn't care less, as long as it's not someone who TORTURED AND MURDERED HELPLESS ANIMALS FOR ENTERTAINMENT AND PROFIT. Some things are just unforgivable.
  • Derpasaurus - April 28, 2011 6:18 p.m.

    @Redeater - Did you see the season he had last year? First 1000 yard season by a white running back in 10+ years. People like the underdog and being white in a predominately black position will make people root/vote for you. Even ignoring the elephant in the room (race) he still had an incredible season and is deserving of the cover looking at stats alone. Also, Gamesradar, no show called "SportsNight" exists on ESPN, I think you meant "SportsNation."
  • Redeater - April 28, 2011 6:09 p.m.

    This is why you never let the filthy unwashed masses have a vote on anything important. No offense to the guy but Jesus Christ what was EA thinking? I believe it was said best by GamesRadar. "If you are going to have 24 players for people to vote for you better have 24 players you are prepared to put on your cover." Not verbatim but close enough.
  • db1331 - April 28, 2011 6:08 p.m.

    I'd rather have seen Michelle Beadle on the cover.
  • corndog501 - April 28, 2011 6:01 p.m.

    Isn't the person on the cover usually from one of the teams that made it to either the AFC or NFC championships?
  • Mikelssecretlovechild - April 28, 2011 5:42 p.m.

    Front cover should be him flattening some poor Safety.
  • JuliePeesgood - April 28, 2011 5:34 p.m.

    Good for him! Hopefully this wasn't just because of the novelty of a white running back in the NFL ...

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