Calvin Johnson: Madden 13 Cover Boy, Hoping to Avoid the Madden Curse

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Calvin Johnson: Madden 13 Cover Boy, Hoping to Avoid the Madden Curse
Your new Madden 13 cover boy: 6'5'' 235-pound Calvin Johnson

If anybody could break a curse, wouldn't it be someone named Megatron?

ESPN SportsNation announced Wednesday that the man with the most popular name in football will grace the cover of the most popular sports video game in the country.

After seven weeks of voting and 20 million votes, No. 6 seed Calvin "Megatron" Johnson defeated No. 1 seed Cam Newton in the finals of the March Madness-style 32-player tournament, where fans decided the ultimate winner.

Johnson dominated his competition, defeating Dwayne Bowe in the first round with 92 percent of the vote, Arian Foster in the second round with 73 percent, Rob Gronkowski in the third with 63 percent, and Aaron Rodgers in the semifinals with 67 percent of the votes.

No one deserved the cover this year more than Johnson. He played out of his mind last season. The 6'5'', 235-pound beast led all NFL receivers in yards with 1,681 and touchdowns with 17.

Johnson earned his second Pro Bowl selection and led the Lions to their first winning season since 2000, and their first trip to the playoffs since 1999.

But some Lions fans probably voted against their beloved receiver, and now are praying Johnson doesn't follow seven of the last nine players to fall victim to the famed "Madden Curse."

In recent years, every player who's donned the cover of the video game has, in one way or another, been the victim of misfortune. Most players have suffered injuries, while others fell apart mentally, and found themselves out of the league.

So now that the Lions best player and franchise receiver will grace the cover of Madden 13, are Detroit's chances of making back-to-back trips to the playoffs in 18 years down the drain?

History says yes. 

Even if you don't believe in curses, you can't argue with reality.

Let's take a look at the last seven cases of the Madden Curse.

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