Unless you're a diehard Patriots fan, chances are pretty good that you're going to be upset with the cover star selected for Madden NFL 18. Get ready to stare at the mug of the G.O.A.T.
If there's one thing I know about football fans, though, it's that they are extremely superstitious when it comes to the pigskin, and I imagine many of them have their fingers crossed that the infamous "Madden curse" is out in full effect next season.
As for Brady, he pointed out in his statement that he grew up with EA HQ basically in his backyard and that he's prepared for any hoodoo that might be coming his way, even though he claimed he didn't believe in said jinx in the very same breath.
Even staring down almost certain doom, Brady manages to come off sounding as cocky as ever. For those of you who don't follow NFL history as it pertains to video games, there's been a longstanding curse that seems to follow around many athletes who appear on the cover of each annual Madden game. Sometimes the curse takes the form of a plague of injuries and sometimes it ruins your stats for a season. Once, it turned a Cowboys running back into a toad. Either way, the curse has struck enough times that many folks have started to believe there might be something to it.
Not Brady, though. Nah, that guy is far too talented to be affected by a curse and far too intelligent to believe in them in the first place.
To be fair, he's known by many as the Greatest of All Time for a good, albeit infuriating, reason. His stats are insane, he's led his team to four Super Bowl titles and claimed MVP across three of them. This past season, he led the Patriots through a record-breaking come-from-behind victory over the Falcons in the big game, breaking the hearts of millions and infuriating even more in the process.
All silliness aside, I don't actually have anything against Tom Brady. Despite my own neutrality on the dude, however, I'm well aware of the fact that a whole mess of people look forward to the day he retires from the sport. Maybe they've got good reasons and maybe they just don't like how successful he's been or how confident said success has made him. Either way, he's going to be on the cover of Madden 18 and, if you're the believing type, that might be very, very good news to you.