The folks at EA Sports are looking for a young NFL star to serve as the cover athlete for the upcoming release of the popular Madden NFL video game franchise. The Madden NFL 15 cover vote is currently underway, with the likes of Cam Newton, Andrew Luck, Richard Sherman and Colin Kaepernick.
One name who is not in the mix is Johnny Football, despite all of the media and fan interest since he was drafted by the Cleveland Browns.
It would have been a bit surprising to see a rookie in the mix, but it turns out the folks at EA Sports actually considered placing Manziel in the bracket for the Madden Cover Vote, according to Randy Chase, Sr. Director of North America Marketing, EA Sports.
“We talked about it, but the tough thing is, what if he’s not the starter?” said Chase, via Sports Illustrated’s Extra Mustard. “You don’t want to run the risk of having a guy who hasn’t really done anything in the NFL yet, and may not even be the starter on his team, and then put that guy on the cover of Madden. I think some of our past Madden cover athletes would get a little mad at us for that.
“No matter who you put on the cover, there’s always going to be someone thinking it should’ve been somebody else. I think the fans enjoy the cover vote, and they enjoy sparking these conversations about who had a better year and who has been more deserving. We’re just always trying to find a new angle to introduce to the cover vote each year, and we’re excited to see some of these younger players in the mix.”
If Manziel would have been in the cover vote bracket, it would have been fascinating to see how the vote played out.
Manziel Mania is something that won’t go away, but it would have gone to an entirely new level if he would have made the cover of Madden as a rookie. I think we can all be happy that wasn’t the case.