Athletes the race to the Madden cover in their respective sports is like donning the cover of SI’s Swimsuit issue. As each year passes the celebrity of appearing on the cover of the NFL Madden game is like winning the lottery. So Wednesday morning the four finalists announced who will be could be on the cover of the Madden 13.

The finalist include Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, and Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson.

Vote for your favorite over at ESPN and the winner is expected to be announced on Wednesday, April 18.

This year’s favorite seems to be Cam Newton, who has garnered over 70% of the votes in each round.

Now there is one thing that takes the wind out of the sail a little bit and that would be the Madden curse, the myth that says the players on the cover will be cursed with either an injury or poor performance that upcoming season.

Your J.G.F.,

Marcelle English