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April 11, 2012

Cam Newton among Final 4 for Madden cover

Panthers receiver Steve Smith praised quarterback Cam Newton this week for quickly becoming the face of the Carolina offense during his rookie season.

Newton might soon be the face on the cover of Madden NFL 13, as well.

Following nearly 18 million votes in the fan ballotting, Newton advanced to the semifinals for the Madden cover, along with Patrick Willis, Aaron Rodgers and Calvin Johnson.

Newton, the Rookie of the Year last season, collected 70 percent of the vote in his quarterfinal matchup with Larry Fitzgerald. Newton overwhelmingly won the first two rounds when paired against Tampa Bay running back LeGarrette Blount and San Diego tight end Antonio Gates.

Newton will face off against Willis in the semifinal round, with fans choosing between Rodgers and Johnson on the other side of the bracket.

The two finalists will be revealed next week, with the Madden cover winner announced on ESPN's SportsNation on April 25 at 5 p.m.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on April 11, 2012 at 04:14 PM | Permalink


Cam is the man! No curse for him...this guy is a proven winner at every level thus far...SuperBowl winner by 2015...

Posted by: Bubba Thomas | Apr 11, 2012 4:19:17 PM

Um...why is this happening??? VOTE FOR PATRICK WILLIS PEOPLE! If there is a curse, we don't need it around the franchise player! ACT NOW!!!

Posted by: Charlotte Niner Will | Apr 11, 2012 4:33:11 PM

The franchise and this city need this!

Posted by: joe cool | Apr 11, 2012 4:54:54 PM

If you believe in curses...you are about 12 years old. This is good for our franchise exposure wise.

Posted by: charlottean | Apr 11, 2012 5:10:59 PM

No curse my Aunt Fannie.... that is what they said last year in Cleveland.....

Posted by: Chris | Apr 11, 2012 5:44:15 PM

If Panthers fans are smart they will vote and vote for Cam to lose the madden cover voting.

Posted by: Black--Panther | Apr 11, 2012 8:55:15 PM

if he sucks we have a reason to fall back on when he wins the cover

Posted by: o | Apr 11, 2012 9:41:18 PM

Dude, I voted like 20 times for Fitz but obviously its not even close! We are soooo screwed...damn!!

Posted by: ColdInNY | Apr 11, 2012 10:07:00 PM

We are voting so hard against Cam for this because of the "the curse." All of our opponents are voting like crazy for him because they know we will be moving the ball down the field at will with him at the helm. That says a lot about how respected he is already. Our opponents are so scared of him they are hoping for the curse on him to slow us down. Not gonna happen. Cam is the man!

Posted by: YeahRight | Apr 12, 2012 4:13:39 AM

I dont think he will get hurt but it hurts our superbowl chances.

Posted by: jay | Apr 12, 2012 6:24:46 AM

The "Madden curse"??? You bunch of fags.

Posted by: matt | Apr 12, 2012 8:09:08 AM

i believe in the curse and resent that it supposedly makes me a 12 year old. we need to vote against cam, and the city having an nfl franchise generally means a good deal of exposure in and of itself

Posted by: Jason Alston | Apr 12, 2012 8:29:07 AM

THERE IS ABSOLUTLEY A CURSE!!! LOOK at EVERY, YES, EVERY Madden Cover winner....somethiing BAD happened to them the following season. CAM IS the MAN, and YES, this would be AWESOME for The Panthers and Charlotte.....BUT NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Scott Davis | Apr 12, 2012 11:31:08 AM

Joe Cool is the TRUTH !!!

Posted by: nasty704 | Apr 12, 2012 1:15:54 PM

There is a curse, it is vedry real, it scares me.....

if anyone can break is Cam can... i would have prefered to wait for him to be established though

@ Scott Davis, Fitz avoided the curse much to the demise of Troy and the Steelers. Only split cover.

Posted by: Mitch | Apr 12, 2012 2:47:47 PM

Megatron all the way.

You know it and I know it.

No one is better than Megatron!

Posted by: Jalen Rose | Apr 12, 2012 6:18:56 PM

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