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April 04, 2012

Cam Newton advances in Madden '13 cover vote, but does he really want to win?


Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has advanced to the round of eight in online voting for the NFL player who will be on the cover of Madden '13, the most popular NFL video game.

The question is, does he want to win and risk the Madden Curse?

Newton will meet Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald in the 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.

The ultimate winner will grace the cover of the video game, and tempt fate.

The curse, as noted in the link above, has affected every cover subject since 1999 to some extent -- from a broken ankle that kept 1999 cover subject Garrison Hearst out for two seasons to 2004's Michael Vick breaking his leg and later being convicted in a dogfighting scheme to '08's Vince Young, whose star faded with shocking speed.

Is it bad form to decline the cover if fans vote you in? And if you are a Panthers fan, are you voting like crazy for Fitzgerald?


Posted by Observer Sports on April 4, 2012 at 01:32 PM | Permalink


vote for larry!

Posted by: Cam newton | Apr 4, 2012 1:52:39 PM

For the love of GOD pleaes do not accept!!!! It would put the entire season/franchise in jepoardy!! There's no shame in saying NO!!! I've tried voting, theres no hope. he's just gotta decline the cover

Posted by: Actual Real Fan | Apr 4, 2012 1:53:30 PM

If Newton wins and gets on the cover, he will destroy his knee on the first snap of training camp and be out for two years, we will go 0-16 and the NFL will move the team to LA.

Posted by: J | Apr 4, 2012 1:59:03 PM

Newton is a bum

Posted by: Michael Procton | Apr 4, 2012 2:01:22 PM


Posted by: Tom Jones | Apr 4, 2012 2:03:35 PM

Panthers will be in LA in 2 years.

Posted by: Tom Jones | Apr 4, 2012 2:04:14 PM

Vote for Larry Everyone

Posted by: fdsadf | Apr 4, 2012 2:04:21 PM

larry fitzgerald was on the cover with no injury. Same can be said for Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers. The Madden curse is stupid. A game comes out every year and for the examples of the madden curse you use Garrison Hurst who is that again? Mike Vick who's style of play pretty much insures he gets hit a lot. and vince young... I think he just got mentally injured to never recover. Madden curse is dumb.

Posted by: zach | Apr 4, 2012 2:12:29 PM

And if it was a real curse i would vote for tom jones to be on the cover

Posted by: zach | Apr 4, 2012 2:13:20 PM

Please vote for Larry, keep the curse away from Cam and the Panthers!

Posted by: Pnthrz1 | Apr 4, 2012 2:14:30 PM

I voted for Cam because I hate sports superstitions.

Posted by: Reed | Apr 4, 2012 2:25:11 PM

Cam is so great, he'll break any curse. Just like he broke all rookie records.

Posted by: dwilliamsfan34 | Apr 4, 2012 2:33:23 PM

Sweet Jesus Christ, vote for every guy that is matched up against Cam. If you are a true Panthers fan, you will not only vote against him 50 times each day, you will order your friends, coworkers, in-laws(though they'll likely vote for Cam because they're miserable and hate you to begin with. Pick better spouses), whomever. DO NOT LET THIS HAPPEN

Posted by: emuns4579 | Apr 4, 2012 2:34:31 PM

Don't sing it! Bring It! Time to crush the curse!

Posted by: joe cool | Apr 4, 2012 2:37:56 PM

Who's the clown that said Rodgers made the cover, because thats dead wrong. He's never made the cover. And the curse doesnt get players hurt, it just tanks their season and in some cases, their careers. Larry Fitzgerald is the only one to survive which cant be counted since they used two players that year. I dont believe in curses typically but this one has held strong since its inception.

Posted by: emuns4579 | Apr 4, 2012 2:38:45 PM

so i was wrong on rodgers. What about brees??? im pretty sure he broke some records last year.

Posted by: zach | Apr 4, 2012 2:47:52 PM

ray lewis was on a cover and nothing happened to him.

Posted by: zach | Apr 4, 2012 2:53:17 PM

I want cam to win it all Madden cover the division tittle ,superball , MVP the whole thing go Panthers!!!

Posted by: Mark | Apr 4, 2012 3:05:08 PM

I want cam to win it all Madden cover the division tittle ,superball , MVP the whole thing go Panthers!!!

Posted by: Mark | Apr 4, 2012 3:05:11 PM

If in doubt, vote for Larry and often. We don't need any extra pressure on Cam in year 2. We need Cam 2.0!

Posted by: SSGPat | Apr 4, 2012 3:16:42 PM

Fritz got lucky of the two. troy poly took the hit that year.... but larry fitz did get hurt had a rib injury

Posted by: PANTHERSFAN4LIFE | Apr 4, 2012 3:49:34 PM




Posted by: PANTHERSFAN4LIFE | Apr 4, 2012 3:52:38 PM

I just voted for Larry. Every Panther fan out there needs to do the same. This curse is for real.

Posted by: devilishg | Apr 4, 2012 4:02:39 PM

The year Brees was on the cover, he threw the most INTs of his career and they lost to a 7-9 playoff team in the Seahawks.


Posted by: emuns4579 | Apr 4, 2012 4:04:44 PM

Keep pounding.

Posted by: Frank | Apr 4, 2012 4:08:29 PM

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