Madden's fifth annual cover vote trims down to just 16 players

A slimmed down version of Madden NFL's cover campaign is now underway, with fans being asked to vote on 16 candidates, tournament style, to determine who stars on the cover of Madden NFL 15 this year.

Once again, ESPN is hosting the vote at There will be four rounds of voting, ending in an announcement of the winner on the 6 p.m. SportsCenter airing Friday, June 6.

First-round voting comprises two "regions" of eight seeds, and of the top four seeds, three are quarterbacks, including No. 1 seed Cam Newton of Carolina. The other No. 1 seed is cornerback Richard Sherman of the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks.

None of the 16 players have appeared on a Madden cover before, though several have been a part of the March Madness-style contest in years past, which ballooned to a field of 64 in 2012 and 2013. The first fan-voted cover was for Madden NFL 11, in which New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees was picked from a field of three candidates.

Sherman's high seeding notwithstanding, only one defensive player has starred by himself on the cover of Madden — Ray Lewis, ten years ago, for Madden NFL 2005. (Troy Polamalu shared the cover of Madden NFL 10 with receiver Larry Fitzgerald.) Sherman and Carolina linebacker Luke Kuechly are the only defensive players in the contest this year.

Madden NFL 15 launches Aug. 26. EA Sports is still adding content to Madden NFL 25 (so named for the series' 25th anniversary year). All 32 first-round selections have been added to the pool of players in the game's popular Ultimate Team mode.

More from Polygon

German and Russian armor clash in Combat Mission: Red Thunder

  • Tour the 1 KB hard drive built inside Minecraft

  • Enemy Starfighter: Homeworld from inside a fighter

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare gameplay trailer

  • Diablo 3 - Xbox One vs. PC comparison

Latest Discussions

Log In Sign Up

Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new Polygon username and password

As part of the new Polygon launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to Polygon going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new Polygon username and password

As part of the new Polygon launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to Polygon going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.



Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.