This years Madden cover athlete does not have to worry about getting hit with the Madden curse. That is because it will be retired Packers’ QB Brett Favre. Favre finished his career on a high note having a very good season, and still has the popularity to be on the cover of the biggest sports game in the world.
Everybody talks about the “Madden Jinx”, but is it real?
According to the curse, anybody player who makes the Madden cover winds up getting severely injured. Michael Vick had his leg broken in the preseason, Daunte Culpepper has his knee ripped to shreds, and Shaun Alexander broke his foot 3 games into the season.
When Donovan McNabb was on the cover of Madden ’05 I laughed at the idea of there being a curse. Then he got speared in week 1, diagnosed with a sports hernia in week 2, and later winded up on the injured reserve from suffering a groin strain.
I still do not completely believe in curses or jinxes, but it was pretty crazy that Donovan ended his season injured.
Players get hurt all the time in the NFL, that is a part of the game. It may just be a coincidence that so many players that made the cover got injured. How do curse believers explain the guys who did not get injured? Ray Lewis, Vince Young, and Eddie George somehow managed to avoid the jinx.
Now if Brett Favre gets hit by a bus crossing the street, or ruptures his Achilles tendon playing golf then I might be a believer. Until then it is just a dumb myth.