Among the candidates to receive the honor this time are Ravens running back Ray Rice and retired Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the legendary video game and to mark the occasion, EA Sports has decided to select one current NFL player and one “legend” to represent all 32 teams.
Also appearing on the ballet is Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome, who represents the legend from his playing career with the Cleveland Browns.
It’s clear Ray Lewis would like some votes.
“All fans, please vote, vote, vote,” Lewis told ESPN earlier this week. “Now you have the opportunity to go old-school, new-school, and you have the opportunity to pick one winner at the end of the day. It’s the 25th anniversary of Madden, and to have that competition going on, to get the fans voting, I think it’s going to be exciting because the person who wins it not only wins a good-sized purse, but also wins a level of respect as well.”
Each round of voting will last one week, with the first round going from March 11-20.
Ray Rice is up against Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly in the first round, while Ray Lewis squares off against Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Derrick Brooks.
Lewis previously appeared on the cover in 2004, and he made it clear that he doesn’t believe in the Madden jinx.
“Ain’t no jinxes,” Lewis said with a chuckle.
Head to ESPN and cast your vote now: