In a bold move by EA Sports to rejuvenate the franchise, the gaming giant has decided to ditch the traditional naming convention this year and celebrate 25 years of NFL history. What does this mean? Instead of the traditional cover vote where fans usually cast their ballot for the years current NFL superstars, the new Madden NFL 25 cover vote will consist of current players versus past NFL legends who dominated the game over the last 25 years, ergo the name Madden 25.
The Madden 25 naming convention is a horrible choice by EA, they should have stuck with the formula that helped them make over 3 billion dollars. As far fetched as this may sound, the Madden 25 name will be unusable in about 11 years when it is time for the actual Madden 25 cover. So, what will EA name the Madden NFL year 25 cover when that time actually arrives, Madden 24 or 26 ? I just think EA Sports would have been better off with keeping with the Madden NFL 14 title and simply implementing the legends versus the superstars idea.
According EA Sports The past and the future collide in the newest Madden NFL Cover Vote across ESPN platforms and SportsNation, which will see the old school take on the new school for the historically-significant cover. A bracket of 32 all-time NFL greats will go head-to-head against one another, as will 32 modern NFL superstars, with the winners of each bracket facing off in the final round.
According to EA Sports Voting will begin March 11 on ESPN.com/MaddenVote, and fans can tune into a special edition of SportsNation at 4:00pm EST on ESPN2 for the live unveil of the brackets. Last year, fans cast 20 million votes to name Calvin Johnson, Jr. as the cover athlete of Madden NFL 13 during a special reveal show of SportsNation live from Times Square in New York City.
Guess what, you don’t have to wait to vote for your favorite athletes from the current era. You can get a leg up on the Madden NFL 25 2014 Cover Vote by checking out our popular Madden NFL 14 Cover vote | Part 1 and Madden NFL 14 Cover vote | Part 2. Our poll features all the top offensive and defensive players from the 2012-2013 year leading up to the Super Bowl. Players in our poll range from superstar quarterbacks Colin Kaepernick and Russel Wilson to defensive beast J.J Watt and Charles Tillman.
Last year over 20 million fans voted Calvin Johnson, a.k.a (Megatron), as the athlete to appear on the cover of Madden 2013. Calvin Johnson had a monster season that year. He continued his success the year after when he broke the NFL record of the most receiving yards in a single season: 1,964 yards in 2012. This year the Madden 25 cover voting will be highly competitive because the crop of talented players in the 2012-2013 season is phenomenal.The legendary player list will surely generate big debates between the new age Madden culture and the old school fans who follow the great players of the past.
Congratulations to the Winner of the Madden NFL 25 | 2014 Cover Vote: Barry Sanders! (click image for more info)
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