For the first time in his storied 17-year career, Tom Brady (more formally known as the GOAT) will grace the cover of EA Sports’ Madden NFL video game. Being selected to headline the game is an incredible honor, but if you know anything about the past cover-boys, you know the honor comes with great risk.
“The Madden Curse” began in 2001 (Madden 2002) when Daunte Culpepper of the Minnesota Vikings became the second player to be featured solo on the cover. Culpepper had just enjoyed a Pro Bowl year in which he lead the Vikings to an 11-5 record. However, after being featured on the cover of Madden, Culpepper threw just 14 TDs to 13 INTs in 11 games, leading Minnesota to a 4-7 record.
The following year, Marshall Faulk graced the Madden 2003 cover; he then failed to reach 1,000 rushing yards for the first time in six seasons. The next season it was Michael Vick, who dealt with a variety of injuries that limited him to just five unimpressive games (four TDs and three INTs). The list goes on and on. Most recently, Rob Gronkowski was victimized by the curse last season. Brady’s teammate was only able to suit up for eight games, and only caught three TDs in that time, a career low.
In spite of all the horror stories, apparently Tom Brady isn’t too worried about the so-called “Madden Curse.”
Here's what Tom Brady has to say about any alleged jinxes….pic.twitter.com/u9pJWXVJb2
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 12, 2017
As a Broncos fan, I couldn’t be more excited watching that video. But I might just be grasping at straws. Should the five-time Super Bowl champion fear for his 2017 season? His career? Here’s what we project Brady’s future to look like.
Passing yards: 4,500.5
Passing touchdowns: 34.5
Will you look at that!? His interceptions are projected to nearly triple from last season. Hello, Madden Curse.
Joking aside, Brady keeps his body in immaculate condition (what the hell is cashew cheese?) and just put on one of the greatest second-half performances in Super Bowl history. The Madden Curse has no idea what it’s up against in Brady.
As mentioned, he has already played 17 seasons, and has suggested he’s nowhere near considering retirement yet. Brady will be 40 years old before the start of the 2017 season; Father Time has to land a devastating blow soon, right?
The Patriot roster looks a lot better than the one that just won Super Bowl LI. Scary, I know.
As long as he and Bill Belichick are there, New England will be among the favorites to hoist the Lombardi Trophy every year.
Photo Credit: Andrew Campbell (Flickr) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.
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