Cam shut down by Sherman for Madden cover

jjones@charlotteobserver.comJune 6, 2014 

Shutdown corner Richard Sherman shut out Cam Newton for the Madden ’15 video game cover.

The Seattle Seahawks defensive back won the Madden cover vote Friday over the Panthers quarterback by garnering 56 percent of 661,412 votes cast in the past week. It was the second time in three years Newton has lost in the finals of the cover vote.

Earlier this week Newton challenged Sherman to a game of Madden in a video posted to YouTube. He flew to Los Angeles this week to join Sherman on ESPN’s SportsCenter for a live segment that named Sherman the winner.

Sherman is one of the hottest names in the NFL. A recent contract extension made Sherman the highest-paid cornerback in the league, and his often brash comments have given him the reputation of a trash talker.

Newton beat Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck 55-45 in the semifinals to advance to his second finals. He lost to Calvin Johnson in the 2012 cover vote after an Offensive Rookie of the Year campaign in 2011.

Sherman topped San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick 65-35 in the semifinals.

Newton strutted to the stage Friday in Los Angeles where he pumped up the crowd by opening his arms and shouting “Ohhh!” and basking in their yells. He showed no signs of his left ankle bothering him as he lightly jogged around the stage to shake hands with fans.

Newton had ankle surgery in March to tighten ligaments. He has not participated in organized team activities and is expected to return to practice in training camp.

“Even though it hurts, it hurts, it hurts,” Newton said on ESPN moments after the announcement, “congratulations to Richard Sherman. But one last time… Ohhh!”

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