Seahawks running back Shaun Alexander has earned the privilege of having his season ruined by being chosen to grace the cover of Madden NFL 07. The over-hyped Madden cover jinx has taken over for the Sports Illustrated cover jinx. (You can read more about the Madden cover jinx elsewhere as this angle will be run into the ground by now. But if you ask us, the Chunky Campbell’s Soup jinx discovered here is still the best.)
You have to wonder why guys agree to do this. Athletes are a superstitious sort. So maybe it’s a matter of getting paid. Alexander already has received his big-money deal for his contract year. He also showed during the playoff game against the Redskins he doesn’t mind being injured. Alexander, who admitted he is a fan of the game, said it would be an honor to be on the cover.
“To be on the cover of Madden NFL 07 is a big milestone in my career,” said the guy who was selected by some as the NFL’s MVP. Said the guy who set the single-season TD record. Said the guy who led (sort of) the Seahawks to its first Super Bowl.
All those records and team accolades are nice, but it’s the individual honor of being the next cover jinx that is the real milestone. Remember that during your fantasy draft.
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