It's being reported on the web that the Titans quarterback will be featured on the cover of the latest edition of the Madden NFL video game.
Why is that bad? Let's look at the last six Madden coverboys.
- 2007 - Shaun Alexander - Alexander had never missed a game in his NFL career prior to his Madden cover. In the first game of the 2006 season, Alexander suffered a foot fracture in the first game of the season and missed six games.
- 2006 - Donovan McNabb - He led the Eagles to the Super Bowl in 2004 and suffered a sports hernia and missed the final seven games of the 2005 season.
- 2005 - Ray Lewis - The Ravens' linebacker broke his wrist and didn't play in the final regular season game, which didn't hurt the Ravens too much since they missed the playoffs after winning the division title the previous season.
- 2004 - Michael Vick - The Falcons quarterback made the Madden cover in 2003 and fractured his right fibula in a preseason game. He only played in five games that season.
- 2003 - Marshall Faulk - Faulk suffered an ankle injury and missed five games of the 2002 season.
- 2002 - Dante Culpepper - The Vikings quarterback led Minnesota to the NFC title game in 2000. The year he was on the Madden cover, he threw 14 TDs and 13 INTs as the Vikings finished 5-11.
If there is a silver lining to this, the last player to buck the so-called "Madden Curse" was also a Titan. Eddie George was on the cover in 2000 and recorded career-highs in yards (1,509) and touchdowns (14).