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Giants’ Beckham Jr. Selected for Madden ’16 Cover

Giants fans and FTS hope the dreaded Madden Curse will not strike down the second year WR.

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Oh Please No.

Giants dynamic wideout Odell Beckham Jr. has taken the NFL by storm. So much so that he has been selected as the Madden NFL ’16 Cover Athlete. But talk about a double-edged sword. On the one hand, OBJ’s play for the Giants merits distinction. But as a Giants fan, nothing is worse. Call us superstitious, but we believe in The Madden Curse. At 22-years-old, Beckham becomes the youngest cover athlete in the game’s history. Let’s hope he can stay healthy.

Beckham Jr., Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski, Steelers’ wideout Antonio Brown, and the Cardinals Patrick Peterson were the four finalists for the Madden cover with Gronk coming in second in the fan voting. Beckham has an overall Madden rating of 94 with a 99 for Spectacular Catch. Other ratings include 97 CTH/97 RTE/96 JKM. His physical skills impress with 92 SPD/93 ACC/94 ELUS.


Impending Doom

Bleacher Report published an in-depth look at victims of the Madden cover curse. The urban legend has reached the levels of the Billy Goat and the SI cover jinx, but we believe it’s more than eery coincidences. The victims have included:

Seattle Seahawks RB Shaun Alexander (2007) – In 2006, Alexander’s production tanked. He missed six games due to a broken foot, failed to rush for 1,000 yards, and had a career-high in fumbles despite only playing in 10 games.

St. Louis Rams RB Marshall Faulk (2003) – After scoring the cover for his 2001 and 2002 MVP-level stats, Faulk’s dipped significantly in 2003. He only had 1,450 yards from scrimmage and 10 touchdowns. He was hampered by injury all year long, and after appearing on the cover, he never rushed for 1,000 yards in a season again.

Atlanta Falcons QB Michael Vick (2004) – By 2003, Vick seemed to finally be coming into his own as a passer in the NFL. One day after Madden 2004 was released Vick badly broke his leg in a preseason game. As a result, he only played in five games. He threw for only four touchdowns and averaging barely 100 yards through the air per game. It was his worst season ever due to the injury.

New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees (2011) – The curse’s impact least affected Brees. The year he was selected, the Saints made the playoffs but lost in shocking upset to the 7-9 Seattle Seahawks.

For his part, Beckham Jr. is taking the talk of a curse in stride. He posted on Twitter,

We want to see more Beckham great catches rather than social media posts talking about injuries and curses. Regardless, congratulations to OBJ.


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