Yes, Tom Brady is on the cover of the next Madden video game. No, New England Patriots, the sky is not really falling. You are just believing the hype of a curse that has not really been felt for quite some time now.
Brady will grace the cover of the 2017 Madden video game. The company is even calling it the G.O.A.T. edition, in honor of Brady, whom many consider to be the greatest of all time. That debate is for a different day in a different article, but that is neither here nor there. Many in the New England area worry about Brady being part of the Madden cover curse, just like fans used to worry about a star player on their favorite team gracing the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine. That has been long put to rest. It is time we do the same for the Madden cover jinx.
Sure, Barry Sanders was supposed to be on the Madden cover, only to announce his retirement via fax before the season. And yes, we all know that Michael Vick was announced as the Madden cover boy, only to break his leg just one day after and miss the majority of the season. And we all know what happened to former Madden cover boys such as Rob Gronkowski (who is hurt quite often, so I’m not sure we can blame Madden), Shaun Alexander, Peyton Hillis, Donovan McNabb and Vince Young. They all either got injured, played poorly or suffered from both throughout uneven seasons.
But, what about Drew Brees? What about Ray Lewis? Or Adrian Peterson, Calvin Johnson or Eddie George? Heck, take a look at the last two players to appear on the Madden cover. Richard Sherman and Odell Beckham Jr. went on to have fantastic seasons the year that they served as Madden poster boys.
Either way, Patriots fans should breathe easy when it comes to their Uggs-wearing, Super Bowl winning Golden Boy. Brady will not suffer from being on the cover of Madden. His opponents, however, may want to take precautions, as it does appear that No. 12 for New England has quite a track record of proving people wrong or overcoming the odds or adversity. This is just the next bit of motivation for Brady, who does not appear to be slowing down one bit.
Good luck to the rest of the league. Brady and the Patriots look like pretty good favorites to repeat as Super Bowl champs as they begin their quest for a sixth Lombardi trophy.