by Reggie Noble on April 25, 2012

Calvin Johnson.

As a diehard Detroit Lions fan and firm believer in the Madden curse, this is petrifying news. The freakishly athletic wide receiver beat out a field of 63 other players for the honor. He defeated fellow finalist Cam Newton with 52 percent of the fan vote.

Johnson is the second wide receiver to be featured on the cover, following in the footsteps of Larry Fitzgerald.

Again, if karma prevents him from replicating his 1,681-yard, 16-touchdown 2011 performance, I’m going to smash every PlayStation controller I can get my grimy paws on. Lions fans have suffered enough, dammit.

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