Former Georgia Tech star is Madden NFL '13 cover boy

Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson, a former Georgia Tech star, has been selected to appear on the cover of Madden NFL ’13, the popular video game, in a vote by fans.


Johnson beat out Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, by garnering 52 percent of the more than 651,000 votes cast in the competition between the two playmakers. ESPN revealed the results live Wednesday.

Former Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis, now with the Kansas City Chiefs, was on last year’s game cover.

SAINTS: Suspended coach Sean Payton plans to still coach this year – the team of his son Connor.

Connor, who will soon turn 12, will be playing football in suburban Dallas in the fall.

His father plans to be on the sideline and very involved.

“One of the things I’m looking forward to doing this fall is helping coach my son’s football team and doing a few things that you normally wouldn’t be able to do” while coaching in the NFL, Payton said Wednesday after playing in the Zurich Classic pro-am.

VIKINGS: Their goal finally in sight, the team summoned star power Wednesday to put extra pressure on state lawmakers nearing decisive votes on public financing
for a new pro football stadium.

Running back Adrian Peterson, linebacker Chad Greenway and center John Sullivan lent aid to a franchise lobbying team of nine, which is counting heads for an expected House vote as soon today and guiding the bid for a nearly $1 billion stadium through its final Senate committees.

NEBRASKA: Assistant coach Ron Brown has been called, among other things, a homophobe and a hater.

He turns the other cheek.

The 55-year-old Brown knows he walks a fine line as a high-profile employee of a taxpayer-funded university. His detractors say he crossed it in March when he attended an Omaha City Council hearing and testified against an anti-discrimination ordinance that extended protections to gay and transgender people.

In Brown’s three-minute appearance, he challenged ordinance sponsor Ben Gray and other members to remember that the Bible does not condone homosexuality. He told council members they would be held to “great accountability for the decision you are making.”

FLORIDA STATE : Linebacker Jeff Luc and defensive tackle Darious Cummings have been granted permission to transfer.

Coach Jimbo Fisher announced that the two reserves were transferring. It’s not yet known which colleges the players will attend.

Just days after Bobby Bowden was forced to retire as Florida State’s coach in November 2009, Luc became the first verbal commitment to Fisher. But Luc, a five-star prospect, had just 23 tackles in 19 games at Florida State.