After almost 10 million votes through four rounds of online competition spanning nearly four weeks, Seahawks All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman was chosen to grace the cover of Madden NFL 15, the latest installment of the popular video game franchise to be released this August.
In a special edition of ESPN's SportsCenter hosted in front of a slew of NFL fans at LA Live in Los Angeles, Calif., Sherman was announced as this year's winner, beating out Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton by securing 56 percent of the fan vote in the final round.
"It's an unbelievable experience," Sherman told ESPN. "It's something you always dream about as a little kid. It's something you never expect to happen and it's a humbling experience to do it in front of all these great people and do it for the city of Seattle. It's fantastic."
Despite the personal accolades, Sherman maintains his Madden cover win represents more than No. 25, giving a nod to the entire "Legion of Boom" defense.
"I've been pinching myself every day and it seems like it's still real life," Sherman said. "It's been a great experience to do it with my teammates, the Legion of Boom,
Sherman's win marks the second time a Seahawk has earned the right to appear on the game's cover. Former Seattle running back Shaun Alexander was featured front and center in 2006 following his 2005 season as League MVP.
Madden Cover!!! Thank you everyone who voted for me! http://t.co/0YbcWvAT5x— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) June 7, 2014
Richard Sherman has had a pretty eventful last 12 months. Here's a runthrough of his top accomplishments pic.twitter.com/K6EWSJVdsZ— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 7, 2014
OOOOUCH! I never will accept LOS1NG but I must say the MADDENcover was a fun event! Thanks to EVERY1… http://t.co/Sday4oA0h0— Cameron Newton (@CameronNewton) June 7, 2014