Rob Gronkowski was the runner-up in the poll, but it may be a blessing in disguise if he is superstitious. The “Madden Curse” as fans call it has shown to be difficult to overcome, as Susan points out. After gracing the cover of the video game, several notable players had a down season, such as Peyton Hillis and Brett Favre. Injuries have also plagued players the season after their cover is released, like Ray Lewis, Marshall Faulk, and Donovan McNabb. It bodes well that wide receivers Larry Fitzgerald and Calvin Johnson, also known for their amazing catches, were able to overcome the curse in the next season, but Giants fans will surely keep a close eye on the fan favorite next season to see if his numbers decline.
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was chosen by fans to grace the cover of EA Sports’ “Madden NFL 16.” Beckham was picked over Rob Gronkowski, Antonio Brown, and Patrick Peterson. Beckham, 22, is the youngest player to make the cover and has only played in 12 NFL games. He gained popularity thanks to his stellar one-handed touchdown catch against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 12 last season. Beckham caught 91 passes for 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2014 and named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.