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Calvin Johnson voted next Madden cover boy

Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson got the fan vote as the next face of the Madden NFL games, defeating rookie quarterback Cam Newton.


Being on the cover of the Madden NFL games has been deemed a curse. Injuries, poor play and any other malady that could befall players usually happens the year after the player makes the cover of EA Sports' popular pigskin franchise.

The latest player with a target on his facemask is Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson, who won the fan voting over rookie quarterback Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers. Johnson received 52 percent of the more than 20 million votes cast, meaning his mug will be plastered on Madden NFL 13 when it hits shelves Aug. 28. The newest installment of the franchise has an upgraded passing game and adds Phil Simms and Jim Nance to the broadcast booth.

Hopefully, Johnson will have better luck than last year's winner, Peyton Hillis, formerly of the Cleveland Browns. Hillis went from a 1,100-yard rusher and a darling of the blue-collar city to a perceived prima donna who sat out a game over a contract dispute, missed practice to go to a wedding, and gained less than 600 yards. He has since left as a free agent for Kansas City with few Clevelanders sorry to see him go.

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    April 26, 2012 6:00 PM

    John Keefer posted a new article, Calvin Johnson voted next Madden cover boy.

    Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson got the fan vote as the next face of the Madden NFL games, defeating rookie quarterback Cam Newton.

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      April 26, 2012 6:25 PM

      Boy, if I ever knew how to play it.

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      April 26, 2012 6:30 PM

      Hope your ACL reconstruction goes well, Megatron!

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        April 26, 2012 6:43 PM

        No kidding! Not good for us Lions fans!

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      April 26, 2012 6:32 PM

      I read the headline as Cave Johnson.

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        April 26, 2012 6:48 PM

        Me too.

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        April 26, 2012 6:57 PM

        That would be a far better cover. "Cave Johnson here. We had the helmet lined with Asbestos because it's cheaper! The guys in the lab coats say there may be side effects, but you'll be brain dead before you get cancer!"

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        April 26, 2012 10:00 PM

        "Alright, I've been thinking. When football gives you lemons, don't make lemonade - make football take the lemons back! Get mad! I don't want your damn lemons, what am I supposed to do with these? Demand to see football's manager. Make football rue the day it thought it could give Cave Johnson lemons. Do you know who I am? I'm the man who's gonna burn your house down! With the lemons."

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        April 27, 2012 8:24 AM

        I did this too lol

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        April 27, 2012 8:38 AM


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      April 26, 2012 7:00 PM

      As a Panthers fan, I voted against Cam every round. I tell everyone I don't believe in the curse but I ain't takin no chance.

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      April 26, 2012 7:09 PM

      There's a dude with a WWF belt in the background..... why? O_o

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      April 26, 2012 7:13 PM

      Dammit, I read that as "Cave Johnson voted next Madden cover boy."


      He's got my vote.

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