In 1984, video game developers Electronic Arts approached future Hall of Famer John Madden about making a video game. But because his injury is the most recent of cover athletes and it just happened past year, maybe Brady needs to tell the gods who control such things to bring it on.
EA Sports is making a bold statement with this cover choice, especially in the first year of a new game engine.
"I'm not one to believe in curses, so I'm ready to take the challenge head on like always!" he said in a release. "It doesn't stand a chance!"
2002: Daunte CulpepperThe Vikings quarterback was coming off an NFL-best 33 touchdowns in the 2000 season, but in 2001, he suffered a knee injury that cost him five games. It marks the first time in Madden's 29-year history that teammates have been on the cover in back-to-back years. The decision ends more than a decade of support for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 - until now, every Madden game dating back to 2005's Madden NFL 06 had been released on either or both of those systems. But he would never see 1,000 rushing yards again after appearing on the cover, finishing with 953 in 2002 (he did have 80 receptions, however).
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick broke his leg during his cover season and later spent time in prison for his involvement in a dogfighting ring.
EA Sports will reveal more about the game at the upcoming EA Play event, so just sit tight. "Further, he embodies the innovation and storyline for Madden NFL 18". He returned and rushed for 201 yards in a November game against the Packers, but he had almost 1,000 fewer rushing yards than the year before.
On the bright side, Falcons fans don't have to hear about the infernal "Madden Curse", a jinx so powerful it once allowed Calvin Johnson to finish a season with an National Football League record 1,964 receiving yards.