By Matt Vensel
The Baltimore Sun
11:53 AM EDT, April 4, 2013
Neither Ray Lewis nor Ray Rice will be on the cover of the next “Madden,” if you care about this sort of thing.
Both players were eliminated in the Sweet Sixteen of the 64-player bracket to determine who will be on the cover of “Madden NFL 25,” which is the 25th anniversary edition of the popular pigskin video game franchise.
Lewis, who retired after the Ravens won the Super Bowl in February, was knocked out of the “old school” bracket by former Detroit Lions back and fellow NFL legend Barry Sanders, who got 67 percent of the fan vote.
Rice, who has been selected to three Pro Bowls in his first five NFL seasons, was eliminated from the “new school” bracket by Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, who got 63 percent of the vote.
Lewis remains the only Ravens player to ever grace the cover of “Madden.” He was on the cover of “Madden NFL 2005,” which was released in August 2004.
Some of you are probably relieved that Rice -- and maybe to a lesser degree Lewis -- did not make the cover because of the fabled Madden curse. But that sure didn’t slow down Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson last season. Johnson set a single-season NFL record with 1,964 receiving yards in 2012.
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