Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman wins Madden NFL 15 cover vote

Posted Jun 6, 2014

Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman secured 56 percent of the fan vote to win the right to be featured on the cover of Madden NFL 15.

Richard Sherman is giving the phrase "cover corner" a whole new meaning.

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."

For Sherman, who dispatched Newton, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham, and Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffrey en route to claiming the cover, the win is the latest of several offseason achievements for the NFL star. He has signed a four-year contract extension with the Seahawks, cooked in the kitchen with First Lady Michelle Obama during the team's Super Bowl XLVIII celebratory trip to The White House, and even landed a deal as the newest "Mama's Boy" for Campbell's Chunky Soup.

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, Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor, Doug Baldwin, Jeron Johnson, ... can I name them all? But man, it's been a fantastic experience, a fun run, and we're ready to do it again. "

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.