The brash and outspoken 26-year-old Sherman landed the cover of Madden ‘15 over former two-time Pro Bowler and 2011 NFL AP Offensive Rookie of the Year, Cam Newton Friday.
And fans could easily make a case for both.
Newton led the Panthers to a surprising 12-4 season and the NFC South division title. And what about the man who’s really made his mark in 2014 from an epic post-game rant that went viral, to being named one of Time Magazine’s “Most 100 Most Influential People” and hanging out in the kitchen with Michelle Obama in Richard Sherman.
This is another huge accomplishment for Sherman—who was a fifth-round pick out of Stanford, and is about to enter his fourth year in the league. After leading the league in interceptions(20) and most passes defensed against since 2011, the numbers made Sherman’s case rather easy.
His game-saving deflection intended for San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree and his post-game rant afterwards, vaulted him into the national spotlight, as well as being featured in a Beats commercial, Sherman went from being a mere NFL cornerback to media celebrity and lightning rod, thank to his referring to Crabtree as “medicore”.
For every NFL player, it’s a dream to be on the cover of the most popular sports game in the world, Madden from EA Sports. Current players grew up playing the game and lots of past greats have been on the much-coveted cover. Calvin Johnson. Barry Sanders, Michael Vick, Shaun Alexander, Ray Lewis and Troy Polamalu just to name a few.
There’s also the “Madden Curse” which has seemed to be true over the years. When St Louis Rams running back Marshall Faulk was on the cover, he didn’t rush for 1,000 yards in a season again. Vick broke his leg in the preseason when he was on the cover.
The question is could the new cover boy break the curse?