NFC South: "Madden NFL 11''

We mentioned this Tuesday, but it’s worth another mention today so that we can point out Drew Brees has a chance to make history.

The New Orleans quarterback has the chance to be the first player ever to grace the cover of the “Madden NFL’’ video game two years in a row. He also has the chance to be the first player ever to be on the cover twice.

You can go here and vote for Brees. But that’s totally up to you. I know people in New Orleans can be a little superstitious and a lot of people were upset last year when Brees was chosen. People love to talk about the “Madden Curse’’ and there’s definitely been something to it through history. But I don’t think Brees really fell to the curse last season. True, the Saints didn’t repeat as Super Bowl champions.

But they still made the playoffs and Brees put up pretty big numbers. Heck, if you think Brees was a victim of history, maybe the way to reverse the curse is to make sure he gets on the cover again.

If not, you also can vote for NFC South candidates Josh Freeman, Matt Ryan and Jordan Gross.

Drew Brees talks 'Madden NFL 11'

April, 22, 2010
What's the best thing about being a video game quarterback as opposed to playing the position in real life?

That's what ESPN's Jon Robinson asked "Madden NFL 11" cover boy and Super Bowl MVP Drew Brees.

"No pain," Brees says with a laugh. "I'm not worried about getting hit in 'Madden.' It's a little different when you're out there for real and you have to be aware of who is trying to knock your head off. If I get hit in the game, all that happens is my controller shakes."

In Robinson's interview with Brees, he asked the Saints quarterback it meant more to be on the cover of "Madden" this year because the fans voted for him.

"Absolutely. This game is driven by the fans, so it means so much more to me and to all the Saints players because we understand the bond we've had with our fans and with our city," Brees said. "Certainly when the fans have spoken, that means so much. I think it's a great way to continue to highlight New Orleans and the Saints organization and what we've been able to accomplish and the direction we're still headed."

Read Robinson's full interview with Brees here.

History of the 'Madden' Curse

April, 22, 2010
New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees officially has been selected to grace the cover of the "Madden NFL 11" video game.

It’s a nice honor for a player from a small-market team. But history has shown it’s not always a good thing to be on the "Madden" cover. Let’s turn it over to our friends at ESPN Stats & Information for a look at what’s happened to the guys who have been on the "Madden" cover in the past.

  • 2010, Troy Polamalu/Larry Fitzgerald: Polamalu only played five games due to knee injuries, Steelers missed playoffs; Fitzgerald wasn’t affected much (97 receptions, 1,092 yards, 13 TD, Pro Bowl).
  • 2009, Brett Favre: Feuded with Packers, traded to Jets, horrible down the stretch (lost 4 of last 5).
  • 2008, Vince Young: Missed 1 game with quad injury; led Titans to first playoff appearance in four years.
  • 2007, Shaun Alexander: Fractured foot, missed six games; fewer yards and TDs in '06 AND '07 than in '04 OR '05.
  • 2006, Donovan McNabb: Sports hernia in first game, missed seven games; feuded with Terrell Owens all year; had been to five straight Pro Bowls, hasn't been since.
  • 2005, Ray Lewis: Broke wrist, missed one game; first season without interception; missed 10 games next year with thigh injury.
  • 2004, Michael Vick: Fractured fibula one day after video game was released, missed 11 games; Pro Bowl next 2 seasons; obvious issues since then.
  • 2003, Marshall Faulk: Ankle injury, missed two games, never rushed for 1,000 yards again.
  • 2002, Daunte Culpepper: 4-7 record before season-ending knee injury.
  • 2001, Eddie George: Career season, but fumbled in playoffs as top-seeded Titans lost first game to Ravens.
  • 2000, Barry Sanders: Retired one week before training camp.

Brees a finalist for 'Madden' cover

February, 18, 2010
You can vote for Drew Brees to be on the cover of “Madden NFL 11’’, but, if you believe in curses, you might want to think twice.

Brees, along with Jared Allen and Reggie Wayne are the finalists to grace the cover of the video game. For the first time ever, fans are voting to decide who gets the honor. You can vote here.

It would be a nice honor for Brees, who some fans think gets short-changed because he plays in a small market. But it also could be dangerous. There are a lot of previous cover boys who have suffered from the "Madden Curse" -- getting hurt or having a bad season after appearing on the front of the box.