After five weeks and as many rounds of voting, Detroit Lions’ superstar wide receiver Calvin Johnson, Megatron, was voted in by fans as the cover athlete the upcoming Madden NFL ’13 video game. In the final round, he narrowly beat out Carolina Panthers’ rookie sensation and starting QB, Cam Newton, 52% to 48%. In the previous rounds leading up to the final, Johnson beat the hell out of the likes of Aaron Rodgers, Rob Gronkowski, Arian Foster and Dwayne Bowe. Only the vote against Newton was close, the rest were blowouts.
So now all we have to do is wait for Madden NFL ’13 to hit store shelves… oh, and also see what ill fate is upcoming for Megatron via the dreaded “Madden Curse”. Last year’s cover athlete, Peyton Hills, who was on the Browns at the time (isn’t that curse enough?), saw limited action in 2011 due to a hamstring injury and contract dispute.
According to our records, the only player ever immune to the Madden Curse since early this century, has been Larry Fitzgerald, all others have succumbed to injury in one way or another during the season immediately following their cover appearance. But then again, Fitz shared the cover with Pittsburgh Steeler Safety Troy Polamalu and Polamalu only played in a total of 5 games that following season… so he took the full brunt of the curse.
Congrats(?) Megatron and Good luck! Would “break a leg” be appropriate to say in this situation?