Richard Sherman can't be blamed for trying to honor the rest of the Seattle Seahawks' secondary--the "Legion of Boom"-- on the cover of EA Sports Madden NFL 15 cover.
Neither can a loyal fan of the Seahawks. Sherman beat out Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton during a fan vote to win the honor of being the athlete featured on the cover of the popular video game.
But Sherman didn't want to just hog the spotlight for himself. "I've been trying to get the Legion of Boom on the cover, and EA has been fighting me," Sherman told reporters earlier this month during Seattle's OTA's. "So if anybody wants to start a petition to get the Legion of Boom on the cover, here it is, here's an open invitation."
Whole team cover
Enter Jason Coiner, a Seahawks fan who lives in Cleveland, Ohio. Coiner initiated a Change.org petition to EA Sports seeking to satisfy Sherman's request, but EA Sports didn't bite despite the petition receiving 8,980 signatures to date in support of featuring the "Legion of Boom."
"When you think about football, it's not one individual player that wins you a Super Bowl," Coiner told Tony Drovetto of Seahawks.com. "It's a team sport, and if you're going to celebrate having somebody on [the cover], it needs to be the team because that's what drove them to succeed. If it wasn't for Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor, and Byron Maxwell they wouldn't have been where they are at."
Sherman remains modest
Sherman deflected credit for the honor much like he defends passes on Sunday afternoon, knowing that his success is shared.
"I would never be in the position to be the game's cover man if not for the stellar play of the rest of the secondary," he said.
Sherman, who recently signed a new contract worth $57 million - $40 million of which is guaranteed - is the third defensive player to grace the cover of Madden since the game's release.
The latest edition of the popular video game is slated for a August 26th release, just in time for the 2014 NFL season.
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