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Madden Curse? Tom Brady says bring it on

EA Sports

Tom Brady is the cover boy for Madden NFL ’18, the latest edition of the popular football video game, and he wants you to know he thinks the “Madden Curse” is a bunch of malarkey.

In a Facebook video revealing the news, Brady gets right to the point.

“Now I’ve heard there are some of you out there who might be worried about something called the ‘Madden Curse.’ There’s no such thing as curses, it’s a total myth, OK?” Brady says.

To prove his point, Brady breaks a mirror with a hammer and walks under a ladder.

“All good,” he says.


It is the first time Brady, who has won five Super Bowls, has been on the cover.

“The Madden NFL 18 cover is a great honor for me,” Brady said in an EA Sports news release. “Especially since I have been playing the game since growing up next to EA headquarters in the Bay Area. I’m not one to believe in curses, so I’m ready to take the challenge head on like always! It doesn’t stand a chance!!!”

The Madden Curse holds that a player featured on the cover of the game is destined for something bad to happen – a lousy season or an injury. There is some truth to it as well, and you need look no further than last season, when Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was on the cover. He missed the final stretch of the season and the playoffs because of an injury.

Players like Adrian Peterson, Vince Young, Michael Vick, Peyton Hillis, and Donovan McNabb have also been pegged as victims. But Calvin Johnson, Odell Beckham Jr., and Richard Sherman are among those who have emerged unscathed.

Madden 18 will be released Aug. 25. New gameplay details will be revealed on June 10 at EAPlay.


Here’s the full cover:

EA Sports/Jamie O'Connell

However, Brady’s teammate, Julian Edelman, had a different opinion on what the cover should look like.

Follow Matt Pepin on Twitter at @mattpep15.