I haven't seen any posts on PoD about this, and it has me pretty bummed.
For those out of the loop, EA had a online fan poll/contest to choose the athlete for the Madden 25 anniversary cover, which fans could vote on who should be on the cover. Barry won with 58 percent of the vote over AP, but it looks like EA is going to go with AP anyways. Sort of.
All of the promotional material (trailers, cinematics, ect) will feature AP and he will appear on the covers of the NEW console boxes (Xbox One, PS4). Barry, meanwhile, will only appear on the CURRENT console boxes (PS3, 360). Barry (so far) does not appear in any media other then the current gen covers.
So after a long voting process, hype, fanfare, 40 Million plus votes, ESPN tie ins, and a nationally televised cover presentation.... EA/Madden is ignoring the fans, I don't know how much you guys care about the Madden series or video games in general, but this is bizarre. I've never seen a contest when at the end of the vote, you were actually voting for 2nd place.....