Dec 30, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) against the Green Bay Packers at the Metrodome. The Vikings defeated the Packers 37-34. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Adrian Peterson in Semifinals for Madden 25 Cover

People seem to enjoy following the contest to determine which football hero will grace the cover of the new Madden video game. This year Viking fans have a favorite player in the running. Adrian Peterson has been torching the competition all the way through the tournament and now finds himself in the semifinals where he will be pitted against Arian Foster of the Texans. The other side of the bracket has Barry Sanders facing off against Jerry Rice.

Yes, old time players are in the running. It’s this “old school” vs. “new school” thing. My advice? Vote for the old school guy. Nothing against Adrian or Arian. Love them both. But you have to look at this thing in terms of curses. Do you want either AD or Foster getting taken down by a freak injury as a result of the well-known Madden cover jinx? No. But Rice or Sanders…nothing personal but who cares if anything happens to them? They are both retired. Rice tears an ACL, it ruins his golf game. It doesn’t take him out of the league cause he’s already out.

Vote here. And keep Adrian Peterson off the cover.

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