May 31, 2011: EA Sports, which recently saw fans vote for Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis as the cover athlete for its Madden NFL 12, is following that up by naming former St. Louis Rams running back Marshall Faulk as the cover athlete for its limited Madden NFL 12 Hall of Fame Edition.
In August, Faulk will become the first Madden NFL cover athlete to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Faulk appeared on the cover of Madden NFL 03.
The Hall of Fame Edition will be available on Aug. 30, with a limited run of 125,000 copies exclusively in the U.S. for the PlayStation3 and Xbox 360. MSRP is $89.99.
The Madden NFL 12 Hall of Fame version will come with several unique offerings. Under a deal with card company Panini America, each copy of the Hall of Fame Edition will include one of four exclusive Marshall Faulk trading cards, each hand-signed by Faulk.
In addition, a "solid, 18k gold autographed card" will be randomly inserted into one Xbox 360 and one PlayStation3 copy of the Hall of Fame Edition.
Panini America is also creating an exclusive "Madden Ultimate Team Platinum Pack." The Hall of Fame Edition Platinum Pack will feature a combination of 13 NFL Hall of Famers and former Madden NFL cover athletes. This includes Faulk, Barry Sanders, Jerry Rice, Rod Woodson, Eddie George, Michael Vick, Donovan McNabb, Ray Lewis, Shaun Alexander, Vince Young, Larry Fitzgerald, Troy Polamalu and Drew Brees.
All cards feature ratings from each player’s most productive season in the NFL and are fully renewable with contract extensions.
The Madden NFL 12 videogame featuring Hills on the cover will also be available in August. Hillis was chosen by fans as the Madden NFL 12 cover athlete through a five week voting campaign anchored by ESPN SportsNation. The Madden NFL 12 cover vote was called the "most successful fan engagement campaign in EA and ESPN history" with more than 12 million votes in total.
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