IGN is reporting that the final three choices to appear on the cover of Madden NFL 2010 are Colts QB Peyton Manning, Cardinals Wide-Out Larry Fitzgerald and Steelers Safety Troy Polamalu.
If Manning gets the nod, he'll be the third straight quarterback to be selected as the cover boy. Brett Favre was on the box in 2009 and it was Vince Young in 2008. He would be the 6th quarterback overall.
Larry Fitzgerald would be the second player to be on the covers of Madden and NCAA Football -- both EA Sports productions. He was on the NCAA box for their 2005 edition as a member of the Pittsburgh Panthers. Shaun Alexander was the first to achieve the feat. We was on the cover of NCAA in 2001 and on Madden in 2007.
If Troy Polamalu is chosen, he will be the first defensive player on the cover since Ray Lewis in 2005. Lewis is the only defensive player in history to be on the box.
The obvious choice is Larry Fitzgerald. He has the freak skills, the exposure, the success and the hair.
By the way, I'm sure this would already be on 3rd String Safety if the URL hadn't been captured by the evil people at FitBit.