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Barry Sanders beats out Adrian Peterson for Madden 25 cover

April 25, 2013|By Chuck Schilken
  • Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders holds up a mock-up of the Madden 25 video game cover during the EA Sports Madden NFL 25 cover reveal Wednesday on SportsNation in New York City.
Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders holds up a mock-up of the Madden 25… (Chris Park / Invision for…)

Barry Sanders will grace the cover of the latest installment of the mega-popular Madden video football games 15 years after retiring from the NFL.

EA Sports had fans vote on who would appear on the front of Madden 25 using a 64-player bracket system -- 32 retired players representing the "old school" and 32 current players representing the "new school."

Sanders garnered 58% of the vote over "new school" finalist Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings.

Sanders faced some tough competition in his bracket, having to beat a pair of legendary San Francisco 49ers -- Joe Montana in the quarterfinals (57%-43%) and Jerry Rice (52%-48%) -- to reach the finals.

Reigning league MVP Peterson had a much easier path to his showdown with Sanders, with his closest matchup coming in the semifinals against Houston's Arian Foster (66%-36%).

Sanders is the second straight player affiliated with the Lions to make the cover. Calvin Johnson got the nod last year and went on to set a new NFL record for receiving yards in a season.

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