As we wrote earlier this week, Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis actually beat Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers in the semifinals of the Madden cover vote. Unlike past years when EA Sports selected the player who would appear on the cover of the game, EA decided to create a 32-player tournament and leave the vote to the fans. Rodgers was beat out by Hillis and expressed some disappointment.
He told WKNR in Cleveland Wednesday “I think it definitely would’ve been cool. It was a game that I played as a kid. Not really a game I play anymore, but I played as a kid growing up. I was able to keep up with it through my twitter. I know there were a lot of Green Bay fans that were voting against me because they believe in the so-called Madden curse, but I was following it for sure.”
Rodgers may be somewhat disappointed but Packers fans are not. It’s probably better this way for Rodgers’ longevity. There’s a long history of players appearing on the cover and getting hurt, including Troy Polamalu two seasons ago, and possibly Drew Brees last year.
Aaron, you may have to settle for covergirls instead of cover games for the time being, but that may not even be a bad thing.