Originally posted on Helmet2Helmet  |  Last updated 4/18/12

You don’t have to be a hardcore gamer to know of the dreaded Madden curse, which, coincidentally or not, has led to disappointing seasons for many of the stars that have graced the cover of EA Sports’ pride and joy.

Whether or not you buy in to the fable is immaterial; the guys who, you know, actually step out onto the field on Sundays feel the jinx is alive and well.

Take for instance Lions receiver Nate Burleson, who told the Detroit Free-Press Tuesday that he’s a believer, but is nonetheless hoping a fellow teammate makes it as the coverboy for the video game’s upcoming installment.

“Of course, I would love to see my guy on the cover of Madden,” Burleson said. “I’m a big Madden fan. I do believe in the curse, but there’s certain curses that can be erased with dollar signs, so we’ll see what happens. I’m just keeping it real.”

His guy would be Calvin Johnson, arguably the league’s best wideout and finalist in the ESPN Sportsnation Madden ’13 cover tournament.

But why would he want to subject ‘Megatron’ to the same horrors that Peyton Hillis, plagued by injuries and unproductivity, endured last year? Well, it’s quite simple really …

“If any guy can break the curse, it’s Calvin,” Burleson said. “This dude is a monster. He’s strong enough to break tackles, he can break a curse.”

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