In case you are wondering, yes this is the first time in the 21 year history of the franchise that two athletes have appeared on the cover the game. A few days ago EA revealed that Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu will both be featured on the cover of Madden NFL 10, set to hit retail shelves on Friday, August 14. Personally, I don’t think they could have picked to better guys that exemplify the energy and passion of the NFL.
In stores August 14, 2009
Larry Fitzgerald will be the second athlete to have been featured on both the Madden NFL cover (Madden NFL 10) and NCAA Football cover (NCAA Football 2005) the first being Shaun Alexander. Madden 10 will utilize the all-new Pro-Tak™ animation technology which is supposed to ensures that the Fight for Every Yard doesn’t end until the whistle blows. This new game changing animation technology is supposed to deliver steerable tackles, three to nine man gang tackles, as well as the ability to fight for fumbles at the bottom of a pile. In addition, Pro-Tak allows quarterbacks to avoid the oncoming rush to extend a play, or step into the pocket to deliver an in-stride pass.
You decide if there is really a curse, I don’t think so.
Now onto another note, some people are saying that this year will be a double Madden curse. Personally, I don’t think there is a curse I just think there have been a lot of coincidences and if people are using a players appearance on a game cover to predict whether he will have a good season, then they need to do some better analysis. Out of the last six cover athletes, there are really only two that you could say have had a bad way. In 2004, Mike Vick was on the cover and he did have that knee injury but when he came back he was pretty much his old self, his current situation has nothing to do with a cover he was on 5 years ago. The next odd one is Shaun Alexander who appeared on Madden 2007 cover. Alexander suffered a serious knee injury and it seems as if his fall from grace was instant. He went from being the MVP of the NFL to not being able to even get signed. The other 4 athletes; Ray Lewis-2005, Donovan McNabb-2006, Vince Young-2007 and Brett Favre 2008 have all really not seen any kind of detriment as a result of being on the cover. The bottom line is that football is a violent sport and sometimes players get hurt, period. The truth is that most NFL players don’t believe it and you shouldn’t either.