Vikings DE Jared Allen is one of three candidates to appear on the cover of Madden 11. You'd think that behind the Super Bowl MVP and a flashy WR he's the underdog. But he has a secret weapon.

His mullet.

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"Everyone at some point in their lives has either had a mullet or known somebody with a mullet," Allen told ESPN. "I cover all spectrums, and I'm not afraid to call in a few favors".

You've got to feel for the receptionist at Madden developers Tiburon, fielding boisterous calls from people called "Frank" for weeks on end.

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"If I make the cover, I'm going to straighten my mullet and make it as trashy as possible," he says. "You have to highlight the tools that got you there."

God I hope he wins.

'Madden' and Mullets [ESPN]