'Madden NFL 25' cover vote play-in begins

With the full lineup of “Madden NFL 25” cover vote participants set to be revealed next week, EA Sports and ESPN announced today the first two legends facing off for the chance to enter the official tournament: Jerry Rice and Cris Carter.

In this year’s cover vote, each team is represented by a current superstar and an old-school legend, but due to the Houston Texans' relatively short history, Rice and Carter will battle it out this week to see who makes the cut to the final 64.

New this year, the play-in round will be conducted exclusively on Twitter, with fans able to vote for their legend of choice by tweeting SportsNation and using the hashtags #Madden25Rice or #Madden25Carter. The winner will be then announced via Twitter prior to SportsNation’s “Madden NFL 25” Cover Vote kickoff show that airs Monday, March 11 at 4 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

Once the 64-player bracket is announced, voting will commence immediately on ESPN.com/MaddenVote.