It’s a common misconception that the Madden Curse is an unbreakable rule in football that declares that no player who’s ever appeared on the cover of the “Madden NFL” video game series will ever win a Super Bowl. While this rumor certainly has a small amount of truth to it, most of the curse’s power comes from the fact that it serves as a symbol of the unavoidable tolls that come with stardom in sports.

The NFL MVP award is considered one of the most prestigious honors in American sports. It comes with several perks, such as getting to meet the President and the chance to be the cover athlete. But not everyone is excited about that. In fact, there are several times in NFL history where the MVP winner would refuse the award because of the curse.

<img src= alt=word-image-10108> This month marks the 15th anniversary of the release of the long-running free-to-play MMO Eudemons Online, and that’s no small feat in the genre! Over the past 15 years, this classic fantasy MMORPG has given us seven different classes, dozens of expansions, and hundreds of cute and colorful eudemons, reports TQ Digital. Eudemons, as the game is called, refers to a robust pet system that allows players to breed, evolve, train, and fight with over 100 different Eudemons, taking up to three at a time. Of course, the studio is hosting several anniversary events through August, including Passions arena quests, a Warlord fundraiser, and the Kronos Auction. To celebrate this anniversary, TQ Digital has provided us with keys to unlock the Moonlight Month(B) pack, the Karavos pack, and 500,000 gold coins for our readers’ accounts. Click the mo button below (and prove you’re not a robot) to get one of these keys:<img src= alt=word-image-3391> 2,000 keys left! <strong>To use your code:</strong <ul>. <li>Register for free on the event page. <li>Download the game and connect to your favorite server. <li>Open the Hot Event tab in the top right corner of the game screen and enter the code on the Gift Bag Code page</li>. <li>Go into the game and find Lorraine (Cronus 221,632) to return the packet</li>. </You have until 30. The August time to return the key when it expires. And, the button only works once! embed][/embed]. <strong>Standard placement:</strong> If there is no captcha, there is no mo button and it just says: The keys are gone! I’m sorry, in big letters, and then we take the keys. If we receive another batch from the studio, we will announce it via social media. Problems with a non-functioning captcha? Try using a different browser or clearing the cache. And finally, hold on to your code! If you lose it after all the keys have been returned, we cannot return it. Good luck and have fun! See All eyes were on San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson when he shredded defenses and won the NFL MVP Award in 2006. The shifty superstar could juke and stiff-arm with the best of them, and those skills allowed him to total a staggering 33 all-purpose touchdowns that season. Then, it made sense that EA Sports called and wanted to place Tomlinson on the cover of Madden NFL 08. So why did the Chargers star say thanks, but no thanks?

LaDainian Tomlinson turned down the Madden cover in 2007

San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson runs against the Oakland Raiders in 2007.

San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson runs against the Oakland Raiders in 2007. LaDainian Tomlinson turned down the Madden cover in 2007 | Mike Lucia/Oakland Tribune/Digital First Media Group/Bay Area News via Getty Images EA Sports chose Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young, the reigning NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, as the cover athlete for 2007’s Madden NFL 08. The company originally had a much bigger name in mind than Young, however. According to CNBC, EA initially offered LaDainian Tomlinson the cover spot. The star running back turned the company down, but not because of the dreaded Madden Curse. Instead, Tomlinson explained he wasn’t interested because of money. At the time, cover athletes usually received anywhere from $100,000 to $200,000 between appearing on the cover, promotional appearances, commercials, and so forth. According to Spotrac, Tomlinson earned $4.25 million during the 2006 season, and that number jumped to $5 million in 2007. He knew his value, and he understood he was worth more than Electronic Arts would have paid.

Patrick Mahomes and Tom Brady are the ‘Madden NFL 22’ cover athletes

Much like Tomlinson, Patrick Mahomes and Tom Brady aren’t afraid of any curse. The two star quarterbacks will officially appear on the Madden NFL 22 cover for the second time. Brady earned that honor on 2017’s Madden NFL 18, and Mahomes did the same two years later. Madden has not had two players on the same cover since 2009 when Arizona’s Larry Fitzgerald and Pittsburgh’s Troy Polamalu shared the honor. Although EA Sports has done alternative covers in the past, only one player has traditionally appeared on the standard version’s box art. Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson appeared on the cover last year. As of June 2021, nearly 5,700 users on Metacritic gave the PlayStation 4 version of Madden 21 had a 0.2 user score. Over 1,000 users gave the Xbox One version had a 0.5 user score. Both editions received “mixed or average” critic reviews.

Don’t dismiss the ‘Madden curse’ and its effects

Perhaps by virtue of not appearing on the Madden cover, Tomlinson rushed for an NFL-high 1,474 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2007. He also hauled in 60 catches for 475 yards and three touchdowns en route to earning first-team All-Pro honors. Tomlinson even threw a 17-yard touchdown pass. One has to wonder what his numbers would have looked like if he accepted EA’s offer. The Madden cover appeared unstoppable for many years and sent some of the sport’s best players to the bench with injuries, poor performances, or a combination of the two. Michael Vick, the Madden 04 cover athlete, missed the first 11 games of the 2003 season with a broken leg. Two years later, Donovan McNabb missed time with a sports hernia. Troy Polamalu, a co-cover athlete on Madden NFL 10, sat out 11 games that year with a knee injury. With that said, the Madden Curse may have officially ended when Mahomes appeared on the Madden 20 cover and won the Super Bowl several months later. But just to be safe, Mahomes and Brady should knock on wood starting…now. Like Sportscasting on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter @sportscasting19. RELATED: Flags Are Down, and the Maker of Madden NFL Faces More Than a 15-Yard Penalty

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