And then there were four: EA announces final four for Madden 13 cover.

by: Sean Cahill -
To be the athlete that is chosen to grace the cover of EA's Madden Franchise means two things:  Incredible fan popularity and a possible curse that many claim is real.  Focusing on the former of the two, the final four is set for voting.  Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers will be head to head with Patrick Willis of the San Francisco 49ers.  On the other side of the bracket, NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers faces Calvin Johnson, also known as Megatron.  Voting will continue to take place on ESPN's website as well as on Facebook at the SportsNation homepage.  The cover athlete will formally be announced on April 25, 2012.
April 11, 2012 – Fans nationwide have been casting their votes to determine the next cover athlete for Madden NFL 13, logging nearly 18 million votes at ESPN.com/MaddenVote since the competition began on March 7.  Round 3 of the bracket-style phase of the Madden NFL 13 Cover Vote resulted in upsets such as No. 6 seed Calvin Johnson (WR, Detroit Lions) surpassing No. 2 seed Rob Gronkowski (TE, New England Patriots) and No. 11 seed Patrick Willis (LB, San Francisco 49ers) beating out No. 2 seed Victor Cruz (WR, New York Giants).  Fan favorites Cam Newton (QB, Carolina Panthers) and Aaron Rogers (QB, Green Bay Packers) were also selected to advance to the semi-finals.
 
ROUND 4 BREAKDOWN OF MADDEN NFL 13 COVER VOTE CAMPAIGN
 
§  Cam Newton vs. Patrick Willis
 
§  Aaron Rodgers vs. Calvin Johnson
 
Over the next week, fans will be voting to determine which two candidates will move on to the final round of theMadden NFL 13 Cover Vote, culminating with the unveiling of the Madden NFL 13 cover athlete winner on ESPN'sSportsNation on April 25 at 5 p.m. ET.
 
Round 4 voting is now open and fans can make their selections exclusively at www.ESPN.com/MaddenVote to determine which of the two NFL players will advance to the final round of the Madden NFL 13 Cover Vote competition. 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 SportsNationpage (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.
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