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Morning Tailgate: Madden Cover Vote

Posted by Taylor Price on April 2, 2013 – 9:09 AM

It’s voting season.

NFL.com is asking fans to choose the best play in NFL history and two of San Francisco’s Hall of Fame quarterbacks, Joe Montana and Steve Young, are among the great eight remaining plays. Montana delivered “The Catch,” while Young seemingly broke 49 tackles on his way to a 49-yard game-winning touchdown run against the Minnesota Vikings back in 1988. Fifth round voting ends on April 3.

Another important offseason vote involves 49ers past and present.

Montana, along with Hall of Fame teammate Jerry Rice and current 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, still remain in the Madden Cover Vote for the game’s 25 anniversary edition.

Kaepernick, a No. 1 seed, faces Houston Texans running back Arian Foster in the “New School” side of the bracket.

Montana, a No. 1 seed, faces Super Bowl XIX opponent and Kaepernick fan, Dan Marino, a No. 4 seed, in the “Old School” bracket. Meanwhile, Rice, another No. 1 seed, will match up against Michael Strahan (No. 5 seed) as one of the other throwback pairings.

It’s worth noting that no other team has more than one representative in the Madden tournament.

That’s important if you subscribe to the “Madden Curse” theory. Detroit Lions mega-star wideout Calvin Johnson didn’t fall for it in 2013. Johnson, the most recent player to grace the Madden cover, broke Rice’s single-season receiving record with 1,964 yards for the Lions. Rice’s old record was set in 1995.

Meanwhile, Kaepernick’s Twitter feed has recently been filled with retweets of fans supporting his quest to be on the Madden cover.

If you don’t want to vote for the current 49ers quarterback, Montana and Rice are long removed from their playing careers and will surely accept placement on the Madden cover. Both stars have joined Twitter, too. Connect with them here: @JoeMontana & @JerryRice.

Round three of the Madden vote ends on April 3. Vote often for any three of the 49ers representatives.

Check out additional 49ers headlines in the Morning Tailgate, including reports of a new quarterback joining the team in 2013.

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports first reported the 49ers had traded for Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy. The trade has not been confirmed by San Francisco’s front office. ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter offered details on the deal: The 49ers have acquired McCoy and Cleveland’s sixth-round selection in the 2013 draft in exchange for San Francisco’s fifth and seventh round picks in this year’s draft.

Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee weighs in on the trade and how it potentially shapes a backup quarterback competition between McCoy and third-year pro Scott Tolzien.

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com shared quotes from recent 49ers draft picks on their pre-draft dealings with the club.

Eric Branch of The San Francisco Chronicle profiled Nevada safety Duke Williams, a player who met with the 49ers at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Former 49ers Riki Ellison and Shawntae Spencer are among the group of current and former NFL players participating in an investment impact program at Notre Dame.

NFL.com enjoyed the “Jim Harbaugh Collection.”

49ers.com’s ACC Week began with a profile on Florida State cornerback Xavier Rhodes.



Maybe we’re on to something…

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44 Responses to “Morning Tailgate: Madden Cover Vote”

  1. By mfkram64 on Apr 2, 2013 | Reply

    don’t want kap. on madden its bad luck period…..give it to alex smith

  2. By mfkram64 on Apr 2, 2013 | Reply

    according to phatablahblah alex is a way better qb he should get the nod on madden’s game….just sayin

  3. By bow53 on Apr 2, 2013 | Reply

    hey mfkram64, i think thats for 11yrs. to decide which one should be on the cover , thats how he based his picks and choices who’s gonna be in r roster…always next to impossible..via video games….

  4. By gary potter on Apr 2, 2013 | Reply

    we just signed asomugha 1yr 3 mil. now we can go after dl in 1st round and safetys in 2nd and 3rd. draft is going to play great for us.

  5. By ninernation81 on Apr 2, 2013 | Reply

    niners just signed Nnamdi ! mark my words , he will come into form once we play him man to man again
    and out of a zone defense! good pick up for only worth up to 3mill for a 1 yr deal .

  6. By bow53 on Apr 2, 2013 | Reply

    THATS WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT!!!(nnamdi) now r corner is gonna be tight as ever… fangio knows how to utilze this guy….he will be contributing big on defense..my hope 4 a solid corner have been answer.. YEAH BABY!!!!!

  7. By 49erdefense2012 on Apr 2, 2013 | Reply

    Nnamdi signs for 1yr 1.35m with 1.65m in incentives,,,thats the kind of signings that will get baalke GM of the year

  8. By Blake on Apr 2, 2013 | Reply

    I think Colin kapernick should be on the cover of madden 14

  9. By Angeletta garduno on Apr 2, 2013 | Reply

    Joe and Jerry, together!! Please, what else is there??

  10. By tanglung on Apr 2, 2013 | Reply

    Since being on the Madden cover is bad luck. Maybe we should all vote for phatablahblah and 11yearswithoutaclue. They have earned the honors wouldn’t you say??? :-)

  11. By mfkram64 on Apr 2, 2013 | Reply

    ya baby i love it….naamdi YES! my wish list is almost there….woodson next….u have to love it…baalke is well there is no words to explain it,,,i said it for a month get naamdi for the right price and he will produce watch….now get ready for a great draft and the niners r set for years to come….all fa signings r at the right price and filled holes…

  12. By tanglung on Apr 2, 2013 | Reply

    Sinse they both S U C K That could be their picture if you know what I mean…. lol

  13. By mfkram64 on Apr 2, 2013 | Reply

    r u kidding me 49er defense got him for 1.3 mill…o ya that’s what makes guys work hard and want to prove they r still good….baalke is the man….a all pro for 1.3 mill…….he wants to win ….that’s what we want,,,,,guys with chips on the shoulder….wooodson is next….

  14. By mfkram64 on Apr 2, 2013 | Reply

    can i say this who cares about madden’s f’in game? we want to win real football games and super bowls….

  15. By ace on Apr 2, 2013 | Reply

    that madden c r a p has no bussiness being on this site, i would say this to easports go away its not in the game

  16. By ace on Apr 2, 2013 | Reply

    i love how we fans find this out from other fans, maybe the 49ers could secrectly announce fa signsings

  17. By ace on Apr 2, 2013 | Reply

    thats probably cuz he reached an agreement with the 49ers, and wont be signing till probablly tomorow

  18. By tanglung on Apr 2, 2013 | Reply


  19. By ace on Apr 2, 2013 | Reply

    hmm and this colt mccoy guy is it me or does he look like a 28 yr old alex smith, no wait mccoy won like 45 games in texas,running more of a pro “style” offense than smith ever did……ooo…..lol

  20. By jesus on Apr 2, 2013 | Reply

    Thats right its just to show that us the 49ers fans got some of the best N.F.L players…

  21. By ace on Apr 2, 2013 | Reply

    and mccoy had shoulder surgery and took a horrible hit to to his head from division rival …odd coinsidous

  22. By ace on Apr 2, 2013 | Reply

    im excited to see him play mccoy in preseason, vs tolzien, whos # 2, probablly mccoy we are paying him more, ?

  23. By ace on Apr 2, 2013 | Reply

    ooo check this out whitner talking about asumugoua joining niners



  24. By phatalerror on Apr 2, 2013 | Reply

    Great move by the 49ers trading for Colt McCoy. He could have started on a few teams, which is better than you can say for a lot of backups.

  25. By phatalerror on Apr 2, 2013 | Reply

    “Since being on the Madden cover is bad luck. Maybe we should all vote for phatablahblah and 11yearswithoutaclue.”

    tanglung, thank you for another unprovoked insult. It will do much to steer support of this site’s non-trolls in my direction when things turn out the way I said they would.

  26. By 11yearswithalex on Apr 2, 2013 | Reply

    wow little moves with little or no consecuence nice …i am looking forward to draft and camp news ……if namdi can shore up the corner spot ….we will need a really good starter to emerge from the draft …at D-line so we can start the sack machine

  27. By tanglung on Apr 2, 2013 | Reply

    phatablahblah, How many unprovoked attacks do you throw at Kaepernick and THE 49ERS ORGANIZATION.. I’m just voicing my total disregard for you like you do Kaep and THE 49ERS.. You have your oppinion but mine is the only one that counts.. Does that sound familiar.. lmfao…

  28. By ace on Apr 3, 2013 | Reply

    11years shh

  29. By Niners82 on Apr 3, 2013 | Reply

    I would love to see all Niners players on the cover of Madden 25th anniversary but I hate to see my team jinx. Calvin Johnson might not get hurt but his team did becus they’re awful. If Joe, Jerry, or Kaep get voted we are certainly not winning the SB next season. Might of just hand it to the Seahawks.

  30. By mfkram64 on Apr 3, 2013 | Reply

    calvin johnson was hurt had a nagging injury for first half of year…all set with madden….now lets get to the draft and pull off a great day…..

  31. By ironmunky on Apr 3, 2013 | Reply

    Montana, Young, Rice, and Kaep. all on the cover. Change the name to ’9ers Football 2013′

  32. By Hermie on Apr 3, 2013 | Reply

    I was one not sold on Naamdi…but at 1 year, 3 mil…what is not to like about that. Management continues to amaze me at the cost to the organization that they are getting some of these players.

    It does go to show that players want to play for the 9ers again!!

  33. By dave g. on Apr 3, 2013 | Reply

    Phatablahblah says “unprovoked insult”. Lets really think about that and ALL the insults he has thrown towards our starting QB.

  34. By bow53 on Apr 3, 2013 | Reply

    now all eyes on draft day…wait .i believe the franchise left something on the table 4 woodson, well, if his smart enough like nnamdi, then he should follow his foot step and head to the bay area….but in my opinion we r pretty much set on roster plus the additional pick on draft…and mfkram64 i hope ur right on woodson..is next…then we are really a power house in the nfl…..NO DOUBT…….

  35. By tanglung on Apr 3, 2013 | Reply

    dave g. … Right on…

  36. By tanglung on Apr 3, 2013 | Reply

    Let’s GO 49ERS

  37. By 49erdefense2012 on Apr 3, 2013 | Reply

    well said dave,,I have an update from the rumor mill,its 11am on tuesday april 3 and I just saw on espn and nfl network that with the signing of Nnamdi, charles woodsons agent has contacted the 49ers in regards to the contract offer that the 49ers put on the table last week,,Nnamdi and woodson together again?? and apparently Nnamdi was asked if he would consider a move to FS, his natural position from cal berkeley, not many people remember that Nnamdi played free safety at cal before being moved to corner for his final year at school

  38. By 49erdefense2012 on Apr 3, 2013 | Reply

    so there you go bow53, that is your c,wood update,,AND,,,,his uncle rod woodson,has been working with him on coverage skills,recognizing formations and how to adjust defensive backfield alignments depending on how the wide-outs are lining up,,,man,that would be something if Nnamdi and woodson could capture that veteran spark and help this team back to the super bowl,,,both could play safety and corner allowing fangio to mix up coverages,,imagine russel wilson seeing Nnamdi at CB and woodson at FS then all of a sudden a defensive audible is called and the players swap positions??,,,hahahah I see a turn over coming,,,,IN HARBAUGH WE TRUST,,WITH BAALKE WE BELIEVE,,TO 49ER FOOTBALL WE ARE THE FAITHFUL

  39. By bow53 on Apr 3, 2013 | Reply

    that would be great , if those two (nnamdi & charles w.) would played side by side…NOBODY … I MEAN NOBODY CAN BEAT US NOW, and thats including the seakwanks, as u call ‘em…..wilson would be running around like a chicken with out a head…………..

  40. By mfkram64 on Apr 3, 2013 | Reply

    I’ve been on it for 2 months….nnamdi would sign and they would get him at their price not his and woodson is going to sign at their price…the niners r back in the saddle again were guys want to come here and win first money second….now get youth with up and coming draft and they r set for years to come…..

  41. By mfkram64 on Apr 3, 2013 | Reply

    u know what so funny blahblahblah stills keeps putting the niners down…”things will turn out the way I said they would” whats that quote? kap. will fail the niners will lose….what? why r u even on this site? u just keep bashing the niners period…why? why? why? just go away….what kind of fan just keeps bahing his team? who? why be a fan of the forty niners if u aren’t happy with anything? why?

  42. By dave g. on Apr 3, 2013 | Reply

    HERMIE, WE ONLY GOT Nnamdi for $1.35 million with salary and bonuses, and he could make an additional $1.65 million in incentives for playing time, awards such as the Pro Bowl and reaching the playoffs. So at the very least we pay him $1.35 and if he tears it up like we hoping he gets $3 million. Baalke is the MAN.

  43. By Hermie on Apr 3, 2013 | Reply

    Yeah…Dave, I see there is nothing guaranteed either!! He does get 4 mil. from the Eagles. Baalke is proving to be “quite” the man!!

  44. By Hermie on Apr 3, 2013 | Reply

    According to blahblahblah if the 9ers do not win the SB next year it will be Kaep fault and that’s what the 9ers deserve for treating Alex the way they did. He can win it all by himself as we will see in KC…blahblahblah

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