LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Is the Madden Curse a real thing? Fans of former Texas Tech Red Raiders and reigning NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes II certainly hope not.
The Kansas City Chiefs Quarterback was named as the cover athlete for the 2020 edition of EA Sports’ Madden franchise on Thursday evening, a few hours before the 2019 NFL Draft.
Mahomes, an East Texas native who starred for the Red Raiders before being drafted at No. 10 in the 2017 draft, was a backup to Alex Smith in his first season. He was named the starting quarterback for the Chiefs in 2018. He went on to have a breakout season, being named the NFL’s MVP in February.
As for the Madden Curse, the decades-old idea holds that the athlete picked as the cover for the video game each year goes on to have problems during the following year. According to the game’s Wikipedia page, an EA Sports executive was quoted saying “I don’t know that we believe in the curse. The players don’t believe in the curse.”
Now Chiefs and Red Raiders fans everywhere hope that Mahomes doesn’t believe in the curse either.
In addition to their former star being on the cover, Texas Tech will be well represented in this edition of Madden. The game has a new feature this year called Face of the Franchise: QB1. The simulation will allow you to create a college quarterback, lead him to the College Football Playoff and onto the NFL combine, draft and career. Tech will join Texas and Oklahoma as one of ten possible schools to groom your quarterback of the future.