It shouldn't surprise anyone Calvin Johnson is a Madden cover boy
To the disappointment of Detroit sports media and Madden curse believers, Calvin Johnson will be on the cover of Madden 13. The Lions superstar beat out Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers in the championship. It was announced after an hour of uncomfortable SportsNation viewing, which featured Cam and Calvin messing around and answering dumb questions.
We can now add Megatron to the list of Detroit sport athletes that have graced the cover of sports video games as of late. Former Lion Barry Sanders will be on the cover of the upcoming NCAA Football 13, and Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander graced the cover of MLB 2K12. Pavel Datsyuk of the Red Wings is in the running for cover boy of NHL 13.
While those hardcore Lions fans who believe in the Madden curse will freak out every time Calvin's on the field, it shouldn't surprise anyone that he would be picked for the cover. Since this was an EA fan-voted contest, it pretty much comes down to who's the most popular at the right time. Calvin no doubt was with his highlight-reel catches week after week this past season. Last season was his breakout year, which elevated his status to "superstar." It's how Verlander got on a cover after his MVP season.
This is what happens when you get a superstar on your team, he's going to be shot into the spotlight. If you're upset he's on Madden, then blame Calvin for being too awesome with all those amazing catches that helped lead the Lions to the playoffs. If he didn't have a standout year, we probably wouldn't be talking about this.
Congrats to Megatron for becoming the Madden 13 cover boy. You earned it.
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