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Richard Sherman talks ‘Madden,’ wants ‘Legion of Boom’ to join him on cover


Richard Sherman, in case you hadn’t heard, will be the cover athlete for EA Sports’ “Madden 15” after winning the online fan vote. The fiery Seattle Seahawks cornerback beat Alshon Jeffery, Jimmy Graham and Colin Kaepernick before edging out Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton in a final where approximately 600,000 votes were cast.

Now that he’s secured cover boy status, Sherman made some demands of EA Sports, namely that he wants the video game giant to add his cohorts in the “Legion of Boom” (free safety Earl Thomas, strong safety Kam Chancellor and fellow corner Byron Maxwell to join him on the cover.

“I’ve been trying to get the Legion of Boom on the cover, and EA has been fighting me,” Sherman said, via “So if everybody wants to start a petition to get the Legion of Boom on the cover, here it is, here’s an open invitation.”

There isn’t much incentive for EA Sports to comply with Sherman’s demands no matter how much he pushes, so odds are it isn’t going to happen. But it’s nevertheless a nice gesture for Sherman to campaign for his teammates in Seattle’s secondary.

Sherman continued his “Madden Talk” during an interview with Extra Mustard, during which he savaged Madden creators for savaging him courtesy of a low player ranking in his rookie season.

“I was the worst cornerback in the entire game,” Sherman tells Extra Mustard as we talk video games mere moments after EA Sports announced the Seahawks corner had beaten out Cam Newton in this year’s Madden cover vote. “[EA] made a mistake my rookie year. They were very stupid. I wasn’t just the worst corner on my team, I was the worst corner in all of Madden. There were undrafted guys ranked higher than me. They were very stupid.

“I want to talk to whoever made those ratings. I’ll never forgive him.”

Talk about holding a grudge. Sherman goes on to say how he’s been a fan of the “Madden” series for a long time, all the way back to when John Madden himself was gracing the cover, long before players began tempting the so-called “Madden Curse,” a concept Sherman scoffs at, saying he doesn’t believe in any so-called curse one bit.

“To be honest, I never even heard about the curse until this year. I don’t think anybody who plays the game really believes in that” Sherman said. “I think that former players who had the covers got complacent.”

Given his passion, drive and hyper-competitiveness, chances are good that won’t ever happen to Sherman.

(top image via @RSherman_25)