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Former Michigan QB Denard Robinson makes college football video game history again

EA Sports is struggling to keep the NCAA Football video game series alive, and Denard Robinson could end up as the last quarterback to grace the game's cover.

Former Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson is the cover athlete for the NCAA Football 14 video game.
Former Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson is the cover athlete for the NCAA Football 14 video game.
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Former Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson rewrote the history books seemingly every Saturday during his four-year career.

According to PastaPadre.com, a website dedicated to sports video games, Robinson could earn one more accolade.

Robinson won the Facebook fan vote to grace the cover of NCAA Football 14 earlier this year. Now we’ve learned Shoelace could be the last quarterback to ever grace the cover of the NCAA Football video game series.

The site noted how EA Sports has been quiet this offseason regarding its college football release. Generally, the first non-cover update regarding the game comes in late February or early March. No such update has been released yet, but the site believes the first one could be released as early as this week.

EA Sports is currently in a legal battle to keep the game in production for years to come. The site stated there could only be two more cover athletes, since the game could be killed in less than two years.

The concern remains that EA has little motivation to invest heavily in a series that may not be around in two years. If the player likeness lawsuit ruling comes down on the side of the plaintiffs – and right now the momentum is clearly on their side rather than the NCAA/CLC/EA – that would likely bring an end to all college-based video games. After two consecutive lackluster-at-best efforts (both having “won” the community award for Most Disappointing Sports Game of the Year) EA is going to have to prove that NCAA 14 will be different. Otherwise the declining consumer support may effectively put the series to rest even before the lawsuit could.

The news is not great for college football fans that play the series. However, if the game does get canned, Robinson will go down as one of the last cover athletes—and its possible for Shoelace would be the last quarterback to grace the cover.