Cover Vote Announces Semifinalists

What began as a 64-player battle between Old School and New School has been cut to just four NFL stars. In the New School bracket, Pro Bowl running backs will do battle as the Minnesota Vikings' Adrian Peterson takes on the Houston Texans' Arian Foster. On the other side of the bracket, the legendary Barry Sanders and Jerry Rice will face off. 

The winner of each matchup will then face off to determine the cover athlete of Madden NFL 25.

Check back next week as EA SPORTS breaks down both semifinal matchups in depth!

Updated Brackets (Click for Full-Size)

For the full press release, please see below.

Hall of Famers and Perennial Pro Bowlers Face Off in Madden NFL 25 Cover Vote Semifinals

Barry Sanders, Jerry Rice, Adrian Peterson and Arian Foster Square Off, Voting Now Open at

April 10, 2013 – Today ESPN SportsNation announced the semifinal matchups in the Madden NFL 25 Cover Vote. Barry Sanders will take on Jerry Rice in the Old School bracket, while Adrian Peterson and Arian Foster will battle in the New School bracket. The winners of each bracket will advance to the finals, with the Madden NFL 25 cover athlete to be named live on SportsNation on Wed, April 25. Voting highlights from the quarterfinals include:

· 2.1 million votes this round, 37.1 million votes overall

· Adrian Peterson posted the largest margin of victory, taking 70% of the vote against Robert Griffin III

· Arian Foster had the slimmest margin of victory, defeating Russell Wilson 52% to 48%

Both Rice and Sanders have been steamrolling the competition thus far in the Old School bracket, and the two have seemed destined for a collision course since the early rounds. Now it’s up to the fans to decide how the greatest receiver of all-time stacks up against arguably the most electrifying running back to ever lace up a pair of cleats. The New School bracket is dominated by running backs, and will pit Adrian Peterson’s power against Arian Foster’s elusiveness for a shot at the big prize.

We’re only one round from the finale, and fans are invited to cast their votes at through their PC or mobile devices.  For the chance to “Maximize” votes, ESPN and Madden NFL 25 have collaborated with Pepsi MAX to promote Twitter live voting every Tuesday throughout the Madden Cover Vote campaign, where tweets with each player’s respective Cover Vote hashtag will count as two votes.  Double votes ends at midnight ET each Tuesday.

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