Patriots QB Tom Brady named 'Madden NFL 18' cover athlete
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There's been a lot of speculation over the last few months over which NFL athlete would be on the cover of EA Sports Madden NFL 18. Last year, All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots graced the cover and this time around it will be his superstar teammate, Tom Brady.

According to ESPN, Brady will be on the cover the popular video game franchise from EA Sports only a few months after pulling off an incredible comeback against the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI: 

"Three months after winning his fifth Super Bowl ring, Tom Brady just won an offseason title too. The New England Patriots quarterback was selected to be on the cover of "Madden NFL 18," becoming the oldest player to appear on the cover of the popular EA Sports game."

Over the years, a lot has been made of the supposed "Madden Curse" that has followed players that have been on the cover of the game. Gronkowski, for example, played in only a total of eight games last season before being ruled out for the year and ultimately missing the playoffs and the Super Bowl with a chest injury. 

Many of the players that were on the cover of Madden either went down with injuries or had awful seasons. Gronkowski is the latest to succumb to the curse along with Adrian Peterson, Peyton Hillis, Larry Fitzgerald, Troy Polamalu, Vince Young, Shaun Alexander, Donovan McNabb, Ray Lewis, and Michael Vick to name a few.

Brady talked about the "Madden Curse" and how he hopes to break it during the 2018 NFL season, via ESPN:

"I suppose there's been some reality to that curse over the years," Brady conceded. "Hopefully I can break it. That would be pretty cool."

The five-time Super Bowl champion will turn 40 in the same month that the game is expected to be released. The Madden NFL 18 release date is Aug. 25 for PS4 and XBox One. Brady will also be on the cover of the G.O.A.T edition of the game.