Electronic Arts and ESPN announced on Wednesday the 32 players selected by fans that will be entered in the EA Sports Madden NFL 12 Cover Vote contest to choose the player featured on the game cover.

The official Cover Vote bracket was released on Wednesday allowing fans to vote beginning Thursday, March 22 until April 25 in the five rounds. The Madden NFL 13 cover athlete will be unveiled on April 25, just one day before the 2012 NFL Draft.

The announcement comes after two weeks of fans voting, March Madness bracket style, in matchups between two NFL players on the SportsNation Facebook page.

Every football fan has an opinion on who should be on the Madden NFL cover, which was highly visible given the overwhelming response and debate that ensued during last year's campaign. We're proud to once again put the fate of the game's cover in our fans' hands and let them decide who is worthy of becoming the Madden NFL 13 cover athlete, director of marketing Anthony Stevenson said in a press release. Our collaboration with ESPN and SportsNation helped elevate the campaign to new heights last year and we're thrilled to team up again on this award-winning program.

This is the third year EA Sports had fans choose the Madden NFL cover, with over 13 million votes cast last year.

Sports fans are embracing the new structure of the Madden NFL 13 cover vote and the response has been tremendous for the play-in round, which gives each team's fans an increased voice in the player selected for the vote, ESPN vice president Jamie Horowitz said.

In addition to the Cover Vote bracket, ESPN 2 will air a SportsNation Madden Cover Vote Special at 6 p.m. EST on Wednesday along with coverage every Wednesday evening at 5 p.m. EST on SportsNation of the latest voting results.

Below is a full list of NFL players up for the Madden 13 Cover Vote:

                                         Play-In Round Winners

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        Arizona Cardinals     Larry Fitzgerald      Miami Dolphins        Reggie Bush

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        Atlanta Falcons       Matt Ryan             Minnesota Vikings     Jared Allen

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        Baltimore Ravens      Ray Rice              New England Patriots  Rob Gronkowski

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        Buffalo Bills         Stevie Johnson        New England Patriots  Brandon Lloyd*

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        Carolina Panthers     Cam Newton            New Orleans Saints    Drew Brees

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        Chicago Bears         Matt Forte            New York Giants       Victor Cruz

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        Cincinnati Bengals    A.J. Green            New York Jets         Darrelle Revis

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        Cleveland Browns      Joe Haden             Oakland Raiders       Sebastian Janikowski

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        Dallas Cowboys        DeMarcus Ware         Philadelphia Eagles   LeSean McCoy

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        Denver Broncos        Tim Tebow             Pittsburgh Steelers   Troy Polamalu

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        Detroit Lions         Calvin Johnson        San Diego Chargers    Antonio Gates

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        Green Bay Packers     Aaron Rodgers         San Francisco 49ers   Patrick Willis

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        Houston Texans        Arian Foster          Seattle Seahawks      Marshawn Lynch

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        Indianapolis Colts    Dwight Freeney        Tampa Bay Buccaneers  LeGarrette Blount

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        Jacksonville Jaguars  Maurice Jones-Drew    Tennessee Titans      Chris Johnson

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        Kansas City Chiefs    Dwayne Bowe           Washington Redskins   Brian Orakpo

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                          *Entered the Madden NFL 13 Cover Vote play-in round

                                   representing the St. Louis Rams.