At least the Detroit Lions are winning at something.
The franchise, which hasn't won a playoff game since 1992, now has the last two cover men for the extremely popular "Madden" video game. Last year wide receiver Calvin Johnson graced the cover, and this year it's been announced that Hall of Famer Barry Sanders will be on front of the game.
Sanders' selection is a departure from the game's tradition of having a current star on the cover. Last year it was Johnson, and before that Peyton Hillis, Drew Brees, Troy Polamalu and Larry Fitzgerald were selected.
The 44-year-old Sanders beat out legends Marcus Allen, Ray Lewis, Joe Montana, Jerry Rice and Ron Rivera before going head to head with 2012 NFL MVP and Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. Sanders won 58 percent of the 700,000 votes.
The voter turn out in this program has been remarkable. And the fact that I won is pretty sweet, but very surprising and amazing. #Madden25
— Barry Sanders (@BarrySanders) April 25, 2013
Peterson beat out Carson Palmer, LeSean McCoy, Rob Gronkowski, Robert Griffin III and Arian Foster to represent the "new school" players. And even though he lost, Peterson was gracious in defeat.
Congrats to my guy Barry Sanders for winning the 2013 Madden Cover!Any other guy to take me down... it would've been a problem! Salute
— Adrian Peterson (@AdrianPeterson) April 25, 2013