Announced Friday night on ESPN, Seattle Seahawks defensive back Richard Sherman has been voted by fans to grace the cover of Madden NFL 15 defeating Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton.
The company wanted a "next generation athlete
" to be the M15 cover athlete. The selection of Sherman also coincides with the company's early Madden marketing efforts that have mentioned significant defensive gameplay improvements coming to the game.
The selection of Sherman is double-sided. His NFC Championship Game post-game rant
has helped him become one of the league's most talked about players as he has received extensive national coverage since the event (including joining Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" campaign
), providing a huge platform to now discuss and promote Madden NFL 15. However, he is unafraid to be outspoken - potentially a good and bad thing - and has gone on the record to criticize the NFL in a hypothetical situation, claiming they would not issue a lifetime ban to a (perceived) racist owner
as the NBA has with Donald Sterling.
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