On April 25th Calvin Johnson Jr. was announced as the cover player for EA Sports Madden 13, an honor as well as a curse. Since Barry Sanders appeared in the background of Madden 2000 there has been a “curse” of sorts that affected many of the players who appeared on the box.
Going down the line there have been retirements, sub par seasons, injuries and broken bones, losing streaks and Vince Young (he deserves his own category when it comes to the Madden curse). Larry Fitzgerald and Drew Brees had decent seasons following their covers but nothing like Johnson’s season.
In the Lion’s loss to Atlanta Saturday night Johnson set the single season receiving yards record, previously held by Jerry Rice (1995: 1,848 yards). Megatron had a monster night with 11 receptions for 225 yards putting his season total to 1,892 yards with one game left in the season. He is now shooting for the previously unheard of 2,000 receiving yards in a season, only 108 yards away.
He is averaging 126 yards/game in 2012 so to hit the needed 108 yards to top the 2,000 yard plateau is quite reasonable and you can be sure that Stafford will do everything he can to get the ball to Calvin Johnson in their season finally against Chicago next week, a game at home.
Has the Madden curse finally been broken?