Jerry Should Have Made the Cut for the Madden 2012 Cover

ESPN is running a contest for which player should make the cover for Madden 2012. The Cowboys’ lone representative in the 32-man tournament was DeMarcus Ware. He was voted out decisively in a matchup with Michael Vick, as Vick took 76% of the vote.

The two front-runners at this point are Aaron Rodgers and Philip Rivers, though Vick, Matt Ryan, and several others are certainly in the running. We should all be on the edge of our seats waiting for this one.

In other Madden news, the game will now emphasize the seriousness of concussions. A player who suffers a concussion cannot return to the game. Here’s the comment:

“Concussions are such a big thing, it has to be a big thing in the video game,” Madden told The New York Times in a telephone interview. “It starts with young kids — they start in video games. I think the osmosis is if you get a concussion, that’s a serious thing and you shouldn’t play. Or leading with the head that you want to eliminate. We want that message to be strong.”

EA Sports president Peter Moore said last week at the World Congress of Sports in Miami that it was “wrong” when the company’s “Madden” game would allow concussed players to return to the field in the following quarter. That is no longer the case, Moore said Wednesday at the two-day summit in Miami.

Moore says “we have an obligation in our industry” to recognize that brain injuries are one of the biggest on-field issues facing football at all levels right now.

I want to know, though, where the battle for the new collective bargaining agreement will fit into all of this. There are so many mini-game possibilities—the fights over the 18-game schedule; rookie wages; division of revenue in general; pensions; and many, many other exciting topics.

And the right at the forefront of all this fun is our friend Jerry, who ought to be the face and ass of the game, just like he can be sometimes in real life.