Lions' Johnson lands Madden cover
Fans selected Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson for the 'Madden NFL'13' cover
Johnson beat out Cam Newton, garnering 52 or more percent of the 651,000 votes
NEW YORK (AP) -- Megatron is a mega hit with Madden fans.
Johnson beat out Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, by garnering 52 percent of the more than 651,000 votes in the competition between the playmakers. ESPN revealed the results live on its SportsNation show in New York's Times Square.
"Man, it's great," a smiling Johnson said. "Just to see yourself on this Madden (cover) and seeing all the guys that have been on Madden? C'mon, man."
Former Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis, now with the Kansas City Chiefs, was on last year's game cover. Other players to have appeared on the cover of the EA Sports game include Marshall Faulk, Michael Vick, Ray Lewis, Brett Favre and Drew Brees.
Johnson, who said he was "shocked" to win the vote, had 96 catches for 1,681 yards and 16 touchdowns last season. He signed an eight-year deal with the Lions worth up to $132 million last month.
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