He might be a Super Bowl Champion with the Kansas City Chiefs, but something else happened with Patrick Mahomes: He lifted the Madden curse. That's right, after nearly a decade of the Madden cover star having a rough year on the field after being put on the box of EA's game, it's officially over.
Mahomes overcame two interceptions to beat the San Francisco 49ers 31 to 20, coming from behind to secure the victory in the second half. I guess the two interceptions were the Madden curse's way of trying to grasp for Mahomes, but the Chiefs' star ultimately overcame the setbacks and has a Super Bowl ring as he closes out his second year as a starter.
The Madden curse has been a thing for a while now. Typically, the athlete that was elected to the cover of EA's sports sim would then go on to have a bleak season immediately following their placement on the cover.
It could actually be argued that Rob Gronkowski broke the Madden curse in when the New England Patriots won the 2017 Super Bowl, the year after he was put on the cover of Madden 17. But the tight end was beset by multiple injuries the following season, which would ultimately lead to his early retirement from the Patriots.
So… there's still time for the Madden curse to strike Mahomes? Hopefully not, he's only 24 years old (the same age as me, oh no) and should have many years of football ahead of him.
The Madden curse did rear its head after claiming Rob Gronkowski though, as Tom Brady lost in the Super Bowl the following season, and then Antonio Brown and the Steelers failed to even make the playoffs the year after that. For now though, we'll bid the Madden curse a joyous farewell.