Tom Brady is the newest Madden NFL cover boy. Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

For the second consecutive year, a member of the New England Patriots will grace the cover of the latest installment of the “Madden” video game series. This year, EA Sports has labeled the game “The G.O.A.T. Edition.”

So naturally, Tom Brady is the cover boy.

We know what you’re thinking, Patriots fans: What about the curse? Some say the Madden curse is a very real thing. Others argue it is totally overblown. Rob Gronkowski appeared on the cover of Madden 17, and he ended up playing in just eight games due to a back injury. Although, Gronk has suffered numerous significant injuries throughout his career.

Brady acknowledges that there is some concern about the infamous curse, but he is hoping to buck the trend.

Plenty of athletes have survived being on the Madden cover. One of the most notable was Calvin Johnson with Madden 13, and he appeared in all 16 games that season (which was actually the 2012 season). John Madden himself weighed in on the jinx a few years back, and you can probably guess what he had to say about it.

Brady will turn 40 this summer. He’s obviously a freak athlete who is unlike any player in NFL history before him. Hopefully he can elude the curse.

17 SLIDES
Players with the most Super Bowl appearances
QUIZ: Name every player who has been on the cover of 'Madden'

Some of the greatest - and not-so-great- players in the NFL have graced the cover of the "Madden" video games (curse optional). How many of these players can you name?

Last names are acceptable as answers. 

Score:
0/22
Time:
7:00
Madden 99
Garrison Hearst
Madden 2000
Barry Sanders
Madden 2001
Eddie George
Madden 2002
Daunte Culpepper
Madden 2003
Marshall Faulk
Madden 2004
Michael Vick
Madden 2005
Ray Lewis
Madden 06
Donovan McNabb
Madden 07
Shaun Alexander
Madden 08
Vince Young
Madden 09
Brett Favre
Madden 10
Larry Fitzgerald
Madden 10
Troy Polamalu
Madden 11
Drew Brees
Madden 12
Peyton Hillis
Madden 13
Calvin Johnson
Madden 14
Adrian Peterson
Madden 14
Barry Sanders
Madden 15
Richard Sherman
Madden 16
Odell Beckham Jr.
Madden 17
Rob Gronkowski
Madden 18
Tom Brady

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

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