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Barry Sanders scores ‘NCAA Football 13′ cover

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Most folks think of football great Barry Sanders as the pride of the Detroit Lions, but before he zipped through defenders in the pro game, he was setting records as an Oklahoma State Cowboy.

How big was he in college? In 1988, Sanders put together arguably the greatest rushing season in NCAA football history, smashing records by amassing 2,628 yards and an insane 39 touchdowns in a mere 11 games. Easily enough to win him the Heisman, and now enough to win him a cover spot in a college football game nearly 25 years later.

EA Sports announced Monday that Sanders will join Baylor star and fellow Heisman winner Robert Griffin III as the cover athletes for NCAA Football 13.

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While Griffin was EA's pick, Sanders was chosen by fans, beating out fellow college legend Herschel Walker in the final round of voting. The pair hurdled the likes of Marcus Allen, Eddie George, and miracle worker Doug Flutie to square off in the finals.

It's not Sanders' first brush with an EA Sports cover. Over a decade ago, Sanders was selected to appear on the cover of Madden 2000, but he opted to retire prior to the season starting. The Madden Curse at work? Some superstitious gamers might think so, but Sanders would eventually explain that he had been pondering retirement for a while, mostly due to years and years of playing for one of the worst teams in the league. That's enough of a curse for one football great, isn't it?

Plus, he was hardly on the cover at all, appearing only in the background while Madden himself took up most of the real estate. Sanders will have his shot at redemption when NCAA Football arrives on July 10.

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