Merriman To Grace Video Game Cover

I know I know, things have been a little slow around these parts lately. But like most people, I have a freakin' eff you haters (just kidding, you know I love ya). You see, the video game industry is one of milestones and deadlines...these things need to be met and if that means you have to work long hours for a few weeks, then so be it.

Apparently, Shawne Merriman is getting involved with the video game industry as well. Who can blame him, this industry rocks! Merriman was voted for, by the fans, to grace the cover of EA's latests franchise, NFL Tour.

Congrats Shawne!

Full press release after the jump:

EA Sports Names Shawne Merriman Winner of NFL Tour Cover Athlete Election

Fans Elect Gridiron Sack Leader to Grace the Cover of EAs New NFL Licensed Arcade-Style Football Game

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Power to the people! Electronic Arts Inc., (NASDAQ:ERTS) announced today that Shawne Merriman of the San Diego Chargers was elected as the cover athlete for NFL Tour through an open online voting process. For the first time ever, EA SPORTS put the decision of who would be the face of a game in the hands of fans. After three weeks of voting, Merriman received the most votes out of fellow nominees Jason Taylor of the Miami Dolphins, and Dwight Freeney of the Indianapolis Colts. NFL Tour is a new NFL and PLAYERS INC licensed video game that offers players an accessible, fun and engaging experience with the NFL and its talented players.

Shawne Merrimans performance on the football field matches well with the fast paced action in NFL Tour. Merriman is a two-time Pro Bowler starter and his 17 sacks last season led the league. In 2005, this first round draft pick from the University of Maryland was named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, leading his team and all NFL rookies with 10 sacks.

NFL Tour is an authentic yet uncomplicated arcade-style football game that features a responsive gameplay system and easy-to-use game controls. Appealing to both NFL fans and gamers, NFL Tour allows players at any skill level to storm the field and play competitively from the start. With real NFL players as teammates, players travel across the country to play against each of the NFL teams in newly designed stadiums. As players defeat each of the NFL squads, they come one step closer to winning a NFL contract.

NFL Tour is an action-packed sports game with an emphasis on individual player control. For the first time in a football video game, gamers will have Total Collision Control, a dynamic gameplay feature that allows players to have complete control of the action when offensive and defensive players collide. With Total Collision Control, players can use well-timed button commands to deliver a run stopping tackle, or to break away from one. This new level of control gives gamers more options and power to effect the outcome on the field.

Developed in Orlando, Florida by EA Tiburon, NFL Tour will be available for the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system and Xbox 360 video game system from Microsoft. The game is scheduled for release in January and for more information, log onto

EA SPORTS is the leading interactive sports software brand in the world, with top-selling titles and franchises including Madden NFL Football, FIFA Soccer, NHL® hockey, NBA LIVE basketball, NCAA® Football, Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® and NASCAR® racing.

About Electronic Arts

Electronic Arts Inc. (EA), headquartered in Redwood City, California, is the world's leading interactive entertainment software company. Founded in 1982, the company develops, publishes, and distributes interactive software worldwide for video game systems, personal computers, cellular handsets and the Internet. Electronic Arts markets its products under four brand names: EA SPORTS, EA, EA SPORTS BIG and POGO. In fiscal 2007, EA posted revenue of $3.09 billion and had 24 titles that sold more than one million copies. EA's homepage and online game site is More information about EA's products and full text of press releases can be found on the Internet at

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