via press release:
Exclusive Announcement of EA Sports’ Madden 12 Cover Athlete on SportsNation
Philadelphia Eagles All Pro quarterback Michael Vick and Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis will visit ESPN on Wednesday, April 27, when one of them will be unveiled as the cover athlete for EA Sports’ Madden 12 video game. The announcement will be made exclusively on ESPN2’s SportsNation at 4 p.m. ET on ESPN2 with hosts Michelle Beadle and Colin Cowherd. Fan voting for the Madden 12 cover began March 21 when Vick and Hillis coincidentally visited the ESPN campus together (photos) to help promote the initiative. In all, one player from 31 of the 32 NFL teams (as well as the Seahawks’ 12th Man) was represented in the bracket-style tournament. Vick and Hillis – who upset Green Bay Packers Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgers in the semifinals – advanced to the finals last week after four rounds of competition. In all, more than 12.5 million votes have been cast in the EA Sports competition on ESPN.com. Final voting continues through Wednesday afternoon. In addition toSportsNation, Vick and Hillis will appear on multiple ESPN Radio and television programs throughout the day.ESPNFrontRow.com will also provide real-time, behind-the-scenes photos throughout the day.