Denard Robinson has won the vote to grace the cover of EA Sports NCAA Football 2014. The former Michigan star beat out ex-Texas A&M receiver Ryan Swopes in a tightly-contested race.
EA Sports let the fans decide who should appear on the cover of the video game, and more than five million people voted on Facebook to determine the winner.
EA Sports confirmed earlier on Tuesday that Robinson had come out on top and that the former Michigan quarterback was delighted after the announcement.
“I want to say thank you to all the fans at Michigan for getting behind me,” he said. “It’s an honor to go to Michigan and for us to be on the cover on NCAA football.”
Michigan pushed hard for Robinson to grace the cover of the popular video game and received an unexpected helping hand from Snoop Dogg, who urged all of his Twitter followers to vote for the Florida-born speedster.
Robinson was an unheralded recruit when he came to the University of Michigan in 2009 but soon flourished in former coach Rich Rodriguez’s spread offense.
His dazzling runs made him a regular on Sports Center, and the fact that he did so without tying his shoelaces only added to his legend.
‘Shoelace’ holds a plethora of single-game records for total offense at Michigan but will enter the NFL draft as a wide receiver after struggling to throw the ball accurately for most of his tenure in Ann Arbor.
Denard Robinson will be the third Michigan player to appear on the cover of NCAA Football, following in the footsteps of Heisman trophy winners Desmond Howard and Charles Woodson. No release date for the video game has been announced.