Can Vince Young avoid the 'Madden curse?'
Vince Young has survived the so-called "SI cover jinx" — three times to be exact.
Can he escape the "Madden curse?" It looks like everyone will get a chance to find out this fall.
According to his agent, the Tennessee Titans quarterback has been told he'll appear on the cover of Madden '08, the popular football video game. However, whether it's a coincidence or a curse, recently players have suffered from injury problems during the year they appeared on the cover.
Young's agent, Major Adams, said they didn't believe in jinxes.
"People said when they put Vince on the cover of Sports Illustrated, it was going to jinx him in the Rose Bowl game, and (Texas) won the national championship," Adams said. "We don't believe in stuff like that."
Officials from EA Sports wouldn't confirm Young is this year's choice for the cover, which was to be officially announced on Jimmy Kimmel Live, which airs Tuesday night at midnight ET on ABC.
Seattle Seahawks running back Shaun Alexander was on the cover of Madden '07, and he broke a bone in his left foot early in the season. The past four cover players have been injured, including Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb, who suffered a sports hernia the season he was on the cover of Madden '06. Before that, it was Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis (injured wrist) and Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick, who suffered a broken leg during an exhibition game in 2003 when he was on the cover.
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