From ESPN –
8 Players Advance in Madden NFL 13 Cover Vote Competition
Fans Cast More Than 16 Million Votes for Favorite Candidates
Fans have come out in force to support their favorite Madden NFL 13 cover athlete candidates, casting 16 million votes to date. This year’s vote tally has already eclipsed last year’s 13 million votes, with three rounds still to go. Voting continues through April 25 when the next Madden NFL 13 cover athlete will be announced on ESPN’s SportsNation at 5 p.m. ET.
First round voting highlights include:
Upset of the Week
No. 6 seed Calvin Johnson (WR, Detroit Lions) over No. 3 seed Arian Foster (RB, Houston Texans)
Largest Voting Differential
No. 1 seed Cam Newton (QB, Carolina Panthers) over No. 8 seed Antonio Gates (WR, San Diego Chargers)
No. 2 seed Rob Gronkowski (TE, New England Patriots) over No. 7 seed Jared Allen (DE, Minnesota Vikings)
No. 5 seed Ray Rice (RB, Baltimore Ravens) over No. 4 seed Drew Brees (QB, New Orleans Saints)
No. 4 seed Larry Fitzgerald over No. 5 seed LeSean McCoy
Round 3 voting is now open and fans can make their selections exclusively at www.ESPN.com/MaddenVote to determine which of the eight NFL players advance to the next round of the Madden NFL 13 cover athlete voting campaign. Every Wednesday throughout the campaign, fans can tune in to SportsNation at 5 p.m. ET for analysis and commentary on the competition.
Fans can visit the Madden NFL Facebook page (www.facebook.com/EASPORTSMaddenNFL) or SportsNation page (www.facebook.com/SportsNation) to join discussions surrounding the Cover Vote. Fans are also encouraged to tweet their Cover Vote picks using the hashtag #MyMaddenCoverVote on Twitter.
ROUND 3 BREAKDOWN OF MADDEN NFL 13 COVER VOTE CAMPAIGN
Cam Newton vs. Larry Fitzgerald
Patrick Willis vs. Victor Cruz
Aaron Rodgers vs. Ray Rice
Calvin Johnson vs. Rob Gronkowski