Richard Sherman can now declare himself official NFL royalty.
The Seahawks cornerback captured a championship ring as Seattle trounced Denver 43-8 in the Super Bowl. Friday, he lowered the Legion of Boom on Cam Newton and won an online vote to be featured on the cover for EA Sports' "Madden NFL 15" game.
The online voting began May 8 with 16 players vying for the cover. In a case of video art imitating life, Sherman toppled 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick to reach the final. He defeated Newton by receiving 56 percent of the vote.
Last year's game was called "Madden NFL 25" instead of "Madden NFL 14" in honor of its 1989 launch date. Hall of Famer Barry Sanders edged Adrian Peterson for that cover, although Peterson ended up on the covers for some gaming systems.
The cover announcement was made live on ESPN Friday evening. "I think people are starting to appreciate defense a little more than they used to," Sherman said.
The "Madden Cover Curse" may be losing some of its steam. Calvin Johnson of the Lions was featured on the "Madden NFL 13" cover, which debuted prior to the 2012 season. That year, he caught 84 passes for 1,492 yards [3rd in the NFL], averaging 17.8 yards a catch [3rd in the NFL], and 12 TDs [4th in the NFL].
There are plenty of QBs in the NFL, including "Bottom 27ers" like Tom Brady, who would loved to be cursed with a receiver like Johnson.
Richard, for one, isn't concerned. "I don't believe in curses, I believe in God," he said.
More than 9.6 million votes were cast. The game will be available Aug. 26 for PlayStation 4, PS 3, Xbox One, and Xbox 360.
Meanwhile, Bruins center Patrice Bergeron and millions of fans who have Tweeted the hashtag #NHL15Bergeron or voted for Bergeron on the game's website are awaiting the results of the online vote for the cover of EA Sports' "NHL 15." Bergeron is up against Montreal defenseman P.K. Subban . Voting in that race ended on June 1 and the winner is set to be announced June 24.
It's odd seeing no #NHL15Bergeron tweets..— Bruins Diehards (@BruinsDiehards) June 3, 2014
Fans of both players were active on Twitter during the balloting, which allowed votes to be cast on the game's website. Bergeron had the backing of his teammates, as well.
It took 12 minutes to get the last tweet to 1,000 RT. Let's see how fast we can get this one to 2,000! #NHL15Bergeron Have a good Sunday!— Torey Krug (@ToreyKrug) June 1, 2014
Get Bergy on the cover of NHL15 #NHL15Bergeron— Milan Lucic (@MilanLucicCFC17) May 29, 2014
The Bruins also threw their social media support behind Bergeron, who thanked his supporters just before the polls closed.
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