Peyton Hillis caused quite the controversy when he was named on the cover of Madden ’12. Critics claimed Hillis only beat out Michael Vick because he was white (and wasn’t in prison for animal cruelty). But that’s not stopping Hillis from basking in his video game glory. On David Letterman, Hillis presented the Top 10 List of the biggest perks for being named to the cover.
The Madden Curse is the supposed jinx on any athlete who appears on the video game cover of Madden NFL. Past victims include Vince Young, who suffered a serious quadriceps injury in 2003, and Daunte Culpepper who ended his season with a knee injury the previous year.
What has been cast off as fan superstition and unfortunate coincidences may now be coming to the Big Screen. Electronic Arts, who produces the video game, is developing a sports comedy called the “Madden Curse,” but the plot will not be what fans think….
According to Pat O’Brein, VP of EA Entertainment, “The story will follow a former Madden video game champion who is forced out of retirement just as he finds himself on the corner of the game’s cover — and subject to the curse.”