If the Atlanta Falcons were thinking that the only time they will see Tom Brady again would be in a game during the regular season, they were very wrong. Even when they are off the field playing video games, they will still come across Brady, and the harsh reminder of how their chances at a trophy crumbled into a million pieces last season.
Tom Brady may of just entered the infamous Madden cover curse. Brady will be appearing on the Madden 18 addition, according to Los Angeles Times. He may be setting himself up for trouble.
The Patriots quarterback is looking at the experience as a positive thing, he said, “To be a fan of the game and play it over the years, it is really a cool honor.” He continued, “So when the opportunity was presented to me, it was something I would not turn down.”
For superstition believers, Brady being on the cover of Madden may be a questionable move. The so-called Madden Curse is the belief that athletes who appear on the cover often end up struggling with injuries the following year.
There may be some coincidental truth behind that theory. Last year a fellow Patriots teammate of Brady, tight end Rob Gronkowski starred on the cover of Madden. He only played in eight games due to multiple injuries, adding fuel to the fire. Gronkowski had season-ending surgery in December.
Gronkowski had history of injuries prior the landing the Madden cover. He may not have been in good physical shape. On the other hand, it is the opposite case for Brady. One thing other than natural ability that has cemented Brady’s career is his ability to stay healthy.
On very rare occasions Brady misses time. He did miss four games in the start of the Patriots last season, but it was not health related. Brady was serving a suspension in relation to the deflate-gate scandal. Other than that the only health issues for Brady was a sore knee and shoulder. Those aggravations did not end up side lining him.
New England Patriots fans may be hoping that the Madden curse does not live on come next season for Brady. Injury would prevent him from keeping his promise to fans of bringing the franchise a sixth Super Bowl win. Last season despite Brady being absent in the first four games, the Patriots ended up going the distances and winning a Super Bowl for the second time in three years. At 39-years-old, Brady revealed that he has not slowed down competitively.
Can Brady have a healthy season next year? Is the Madden curse just a coincidence? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Commentary By Cody Macleod
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