The Madden Curse

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After one of the craziest seasons in NFL history, followed the most entertaining Super Bowl in NFL history. After leading a historic 25 point comeback, Tom Brady solidified himself as the Greatest Quarterback in NFL history, alsos known as the G.O.A.T. Just this Friday (May 12), EA Sports tweeted out the expected cover for the upcoming video game: Madden 18. The original tweet is shown below.

All though this is a tremendous honor, following a season with consistent superior performance, many New England Patriots fans are worried about the Madden Curse. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Madden Curse it may sound like a silly urban legend, but has claimed the seasons of many star players. It first began when Garrison Hearst broke his ankle in 1998, shortly after starring on the cover of Madden NFL 99. From there on out, most of the players who “starred” on the game’s cover have suffered an injury the following season. Of the 20 players who have been selected to grace the cover Madden games prior to this season, 17 have had troubling or abruptly shortened seasons following their cover debut — including several who suffered season-ending injuries shortly after their game hit shelves. The most recent has affected Rob Gronkowski, who starred on the cover of Madden 17, but had a season ending back injury shortly after. The legend has grown from a simple joke to the sort of superstition that has fans aggressively campaigning to keep their team’s’ stars off the game’s cover.

However, being the perfect human that he is, Tom Brady doesn’t believe in the Madden curse- or any curse for that matter. Shortly after being named for the cover on Madden 18, Tom released a  short, but entertaining video addressing the Madden curse.

This shows Tom Brady is relentless in his pursuit of dominating every NFL team this following season. Of course he is aiming to win another Super Bowl and by winning it to obtain his sixth Super Bowl Ring. Last season, Tom Brady became the first quarterback to win five Super Bowls as a starter when he led the Patriots to a 34-28 overtime victory over the Atlanta Falcons after erasing a 25-point deficit. This marks the second year in a row in which a Patriots player has graced the cover of the Madden video game franchise. Tight end Rob Gronkowski was last year’s cover athlete, but things did not end up going well.

Sources

https://www.digitaltrends.com/gaming/the-madden-curse/

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2709288-tom-brady-announced-as-madden-18-cover-athlete

[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLlVM7bHLOQ]

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