Vick excited for chance to be Madden cover boy again

Michael Vick is aiming to be the first player to grace the cover of the EA Sports’ Madden NFL video game for the second time.

For a Madden junkie growing up, nothing could excite Vick more right now.

“It's a great opportunity for me,” Vick told John Gonzalez of the Philadelphia Inquirer. “The fans vote. It's feedback from the fans. You see what the fans see. The first time, I really wasn't too big on having the opportunity. I appreciated it, but this time around I think I will appreciate it so much more. I took a lot for granted early in my career. It was a great opportunity at the time, but now it will be so much more satisfying. To show it to my kids and say I was able to accomplish.”

The Philadelphia Eagles quarterback is in the final this week with a surprise contestant – Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis. Many believe it was Green Bay Packers fans who propelled Hillis to a victory in the semifinals as they voted against Aaron Rodgers, fearing a so-called Madden cover jinx. The winner will be revealed Wednesday on ESPN’s “SportsCenter.”

“Always played Madden growing up,” Vick said. “Got it in '92 as an Xmas gift. Joe Montana for Sega Genesis wasn't too bad, but once they dropped Madden '93, it was like a revolution. It was totally different. Innovative. I'd compete with all my friends. And it had voice-overs. That game, it was the closest thing to a real game at the time.”

When Vick was on the cover the last time – in 2003 – he suffered a broken leg before the season began.

“I am superstitious. I won't say what kind of superstitions I have, just know I have plenty of them,” Vick said. “At the time I was very superstitious. And at the time, I got injured. I broke my leg before the season. But it was God's plan. It wasn't meant for me to be out on the football field that time. But I put my faith in a higher power now. Things that I may not want to happen, I put my faith in Him and live life.”

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