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Madden NFL series is not cursing its cover stars, says John Madden

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The curse is a lie

Madden NFL 13 Raiders Chiefs
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Madden NFL is not cursed despite the string of injuries to the game's cover stars.

The Madden NFL game franchise is not "cursed" despite the string of injuries hitting players that graced the covers of games in the series throughout the past 13 years, John Madden told the Detroit Free Press.

"I was on the cover for several years, and I never once even pulled a hamstring," joked Madden. "It's a violent sport. Injuries are going to happen."

This year's Madden NFL 13 cover star Calvin Johnson will break the long-running tradition, Madden added during his visit to the Lions training camp.

"If there was such a thing [as a curse], you couldn't ask for a better man to prove that wrong than who we've got this year," he stated. "He might be as close to indestructible as we've ever had on the cover. Maybe I shouldn't say that...that might...I'm not going to talk about that any more."

Since 1999, each cover star in the Madden NFL series has experienced a decline in performance often due to injury. This includes Garrison Hearst, Barry Sanders, Dorsey Levens, Eddie George, Daunte Culpepper, Marshall Faulk, Michael Vick, Ray Lewis, Donovan NcNabb, Shaun Alexander, LaDainian Tomlinson, Vince Young, Brett Favre, Larry Fitzgerald, Drew Brees, and Peyton Hillis.

Madden NFL 13 will include over 6,000 voice commands, it was revealed today. The upcoming title will release August 28th on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U, Wii, and PS Vita.