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.