Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 4/25/12

Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson beat out Panthers quarterback Cam Newton in the final fan voting for the cover athlete for EA Sports' "Madden NFL 13."

"Everybody played Madden coming up. Everybody saw the guys that were on the cover," Johnson said. "I remember when I was in college I was a big Madden player, it's a big deal, it's a big deal for ballplayers."

"Megatron" didn't seem concerned about the "Madden Curse." Several previous NFL players to don the cover of the video game have suffered through poor seasons or suffered significant injuries. Browns running back Peyton Hillis won the 2011 cover, then went through a contract battle, rushed for just 587 yards during an injury-plagued season and is now playing for the Kansas City Chiefs.

"Not a big guy for curses, don’t even think about it," Johnson said.

Johnson caught 96 passes for 1,681 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2011. Other players included in the vote were Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe, Texans running back Arian Foster, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski and Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

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