Well, at least rival Fox Sports wants to put more heat on the former “College GameDay” reporter/host, courtesy of Charissa Thompson’s “Fox NFL Kickoff” pregame show.

With Berman benched at ESPN after 31 years, Fox Sports president Eric Shanks told Sporting News he sees an opening for Thompson’s three-year-old “Fox NFL Kickoff” to surpass Ponder’s “Sunday NFL Countdown” as the top NFL pregame show in the 11 a.m. to 12 noon E.T. Sunday time slot.

Legendary Raiders coach John Madden himself graced the cover of the “Madden” video game series from 1988 to 2000. “Madden NFL 2001,” released in August of 2000, technically was the third game in the series to include a player on its cover, but it was the first to feature a player — Titans running back Eddie George.

Seventeen years and multiple supposedly cursed players later, the tradition continues. Tom Brady this year became the seventh quarterback to grace the cover of “Madden,” and the first QB since Drew Brees in “Madden NFL 11.”

Ten years and two days after Peterson made his NFL debut in purple with 103 yards rushing and a 60-yard touchdown reception on this same block of downtown Minneapolis, albeit in a different stadium, he returned in black, white and gold as a part-time player for the pass-first Saints.

The crowd was really fired up for the reunion with another former Vikings great. Former wide receiver Randy Moss, already on site as an analyst for ESPN, became the 22nd member of the team’s Ring of Honor in a halftime ceremony punctuated by a passionate speech and shout-out to the fans.

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