Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman will grace the cover of the “Madden NFL 15” video game that becomes available in August before the start of the 2014 season.
Sherman beat out Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton in online voting at ESPN.com.
“Winning the cover is a kid’s dream come true,” Sherman said. “I would never be in the position without my fellow Legion of Boom members and teammates.”
Sherman joins running back Shaun Alexander (2007) as the second Seahawks player to land on the cover. He also becomes just the third defensive player on the front of the game, joining Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis (2005) and Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu (2010).
The 26-year-old Sherman is known as one of the best cornerbacks in the game and also his boisterous personality. His rant to a reporter after his game-saving deflection in the Seahawks’ NFC Championship game victory over the San Francisco 49ers in January received widespread attention.
Sherman has 20 interceptions and 60 passes defensed during his four years in the NFL, which are more than any other player. He has been named to the past two Pro Bowls and in May signed a four-year, $56 million contract extension.
In the voting for the cover, Sherman advanced through three rounds, beating out Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham and San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
Newton made it past Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown, Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles (58-42) and Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck.
Newton’s coach, Ron Rivera, said this week that he hoped the quarterback would not be on the cover to avoid a perceived curse that goes with it.