Peyton Hillis believes the Madden curse is real. (AP Photo)
Be careful what you ask for, Cam.
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is campaigning for your vote in the Madden Cover Vote challenge. Go vote here. He is in the final with Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin ‘Mega-Tron’ Johnson and challenges Johnson in this video to a game.
“My first challenge goes out to you, Mr. Mega-Tron Calvin Johnson. If you are who you say you are, and you wanna be Mr. Madden ’13, can you play Madden?”
The always entertaining Newton is very candid in the video, and describes his thumbs as “official” when it comes to working a gaming controller.
“We can play on X-Box, playstation 3, Atari, gamecube, PSP, PS Vita, it really doesn’t matter! We can even go to the SAAYGA!” Newton exclaimed.
While this may be an important milestone in Newton’s career, he may want to rethink wanting to be the cover-boy for the game. The Madden curse is real. Take a look at this list of former players who graced the cover and the impending doom that followed.
1999 Garrison Hearst 49ers: The former running back broke his ankle during the first play from scrimmage to begin the ’99 season causing him to miss two full seasons. He never recovered and quietly exited the league.
2000 Barry Sanders Lions: Like a scene out of Final Destination, Sanders must have envisioned a disastrous end to his career, forcing the Hall of Fame running back to abruptly retire before the season began.
2001 Eddie George Titans: George is the only player to have a decent regular season following a Madden cover, but he did fumble away a playoff game against the Ravens. The Titans had a Super Bowl caliber team that year.
2002 Daunte Culpepper Vikings: Culpepper posted one of the worst seasons by an NFL quarterback in 2002. He threw 23 interceptions and set a new NFL record for lost fumbles in a season.
2003 Marshall Faulk Rams: Before his cover shot, Faulk could be counted on to rush for 1,000 plus yards every season but the curse continued, and another Hall of Fame running back began a rapid descent into retirement. Nagging knee problems plagued Faulk until his last carry.