On Friday we reported that Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman won the fan vote to become the next cover athlete for Madden. If he has his way, he won’t be doing it alone.
Speaking with reporters yesterday during OTAs at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center, Sherman said that he has been petitioning EA Sports (the company that produces the wildly popular video game series) to put the entire Legion of Boom on the cover for Madden 15, an idea they’re not exactly thrilled about:
“It was a great experience. It’s always an honor being picked for Madden. It’s a fun deal… I’ve been trying to get the Legion of Boom on the cover, and EA has been fighting me, so if everybody wants to start a petition to get the Legion of Boom on the cover, here it is, here’s an open invitation.”
The reason that EA doesn’t want four guys on the cover is obvious, as Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio wrote:
“EA surely has resisted (or perhaps more accurately ignored) Sherman’s overtures because EA would have to pay the other three starters in the secondary — safety Earl Thomas, safety Kam Chancellor, and cornerback Byron Maxwell — for the ability to use their likenesses on the cover. And EA would derive little extra benefit from doing so.”
It wouldn’t be the first time that more than one NFL player shared the cover, though. In 2010 Troy Polamalu and Larry Fitzgerald split the honor after the epic Steelers and Cardinals matchup in the Super bowl the previous year. Every other iteration of the game has had just one athlete however. Sherman could help his case by offering to split some of his proceeds from EA using his likeness with his teammates.