HONOLULU, HI - JANUARY 29: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers scrambles out of the pocket during the 2012 NFL Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium on January 29, 2012 in Honolulu, Hawaii. (Photo by Kent Nishimura/Getty Images)
Though its still the round of 8 based on the sheer volume of votes it looks like Panthers QB Cam Newton will be featured on the cover of EA Sports Madden 2013 video football game barring a sudden change in voting patterns. Newton now faces Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald:
Newton meet Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald in the next round. The other quarterfinal matchups are 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis vs. Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers vs. Ravens running back Ray Rice, and Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski vs. Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson.
So if you want to see Newton get this recognition then feel free to place your vote for our second year QB. If you believe in the Madden curse then maybe you might vote for Fitz:
The curse has affected every cover subject since 1999 to some degree: a broken ankle that kept 1999 cover subject Garrison Hearst out for two seasons, 2004 Michael Vick breaking his leg and later being convicted in a dogfighting scheme, and 2008′s Vince Young quickly falling out of favor with his coach and fans.
Should Cam Newton hope that fans don’t vote him on? And if you are a Panthers fan, shouldn’t you be voting like crazy for Fitzgerald?
Of course we don't believe in stinking curses around here. In fact, I predict Newton slams the Madden curse into oblivion! What else am I going to say given the fact he is going to win the cover contest anyway? Might as well keep it positive since its only April.