John Madden visited the Lions’ training camp today and scoffed at the idea that appearing on the video game bearing his name could be a curse for Detroit receiver Calvin Johnson.
“I was on the cover for several years, and I never once even pulled a hamstring,” Madden told the Detroit Free Press.
So why are so many people convinced that having your picture on the Madden video game is a sure way to get injured? Madden thinks it’s silly.
“It’s a violent sport. Injuries are going to happen,” Madden said.
Madden added that if anyone could overcome being cursed — not that he believes in curses — it’s Megatron.
“If there was such a thing [as a curse], you couldn’t ask for a better man to prove that wrong than who we’ve got this year,” Madden said of Johnson. “He might be as close to indestructible as we’ve ever had on the cover. Maybe I shouldn’t say that. . . . I’m not going to talk about that any more.”
Perhaps a great season from Johnson can be the thing to stop Madden from having to talk about the Madden Curse.