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    WASHINGTON -- For the first time in its storied -- some say cursed -- history, the cover of EA Sports' "Madden NFL" video game will feature two cover athletes: Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu and Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald.

    "Being on the cover of 'Madden' is a real honor," Fitzgerald said Friday after Electronic Arts made the announcement. "And sharing it with a talent like Troy is really special."

    The shared cover of "Madden NFL 10," which arrives in stores Aug. 14, has something for everyone: Polamalu is a defensive AFC player and Fitzgerald an offensive NFC player.

    EA Sports senior product manager Anthony Stevenson called the two Pro Bowlers "exemplary examples of the epic battle between offense and defense in the NFL."

    Both played in last season's Super Bowl, which the Steelers won in a 27-23 nail-biter. Both athletes are known for their long, helmet-defying hair. Steel City football fans should be particularly happy, because Fitzgerald played college ball at the University of Pittsburgh. And he was also on the cover of EA's "NCAA Football 2005."

    EA's football franchise is feared for its mysterious "Madden curse": Previous cover models like Donovan McNabb, Shaun Alexander and Vince Young have suffered injuries during their "Madden" season.

    Fitzgerald, however, was defiant. "I didn't think about the curse," he said. "If both of us have MVP years, everybody will be chomping at the bit to get on the cover."


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    Nooo, not the madden curse!

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    Don't like the players, but the curse for sure.

    The cover art though, the design is really stunning.

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    Thankfully Troy doesn't believe in curses.

    Has a defensive player ever been on the cover of Madden before? I don't know.
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    Ray Lewis was on the cover once.

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    This is a really good way to test the curse, actually. This way, if one gets hurt, but the other doesn't, it shoots a hole in the theory. If they neither of them do, it blows the theory to pieces.

    If they both do...it's a more believable and undeniable curse than the Goat.

    Good choices though. Troy and Fitz have been two of the best players, not to mention role models (despite Troy being a Steeler) in the NFL for years. And, it's nice to see the guys at 'Madden' mix it up and try something new.
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    Funny thing is, they approached Adrian Peterson first about being on the cover and he turned it down out of fear of the Madden curse.

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    Thankfully Troy doesn't believe in curses.

    Has a defensive player ever been on the cover of Madden before? I don't know.
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    Ray Lewis was on the cover once.
    Ray Lewis, Madden NFL 2005.

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    Thankfully Troy doesn't believe in curses.

    Has a defensive player ever been on the cover of Madden before? I don't know.
    Ray was on Madden 05 (best madden ever btw)
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    What about Ray Lewis? Was he ever on the cover of Madden?
    Why do the things that we treasure most, slip away in time
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    You, Never? Did the Kenosha Kid?

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    Ray Lewis was on the cover once, 03 maybe?

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    Default Re: Troy Polamalu and Larry Fitzgerald are on the Madden Cover

    Quote Originally Posted by ChicagoJ View Post
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    Thankfully Troy doesn't believe in curses.

    Has a defensive player ever been on the cover of Madden before? I don't know.
    I don't think any of the players from past covers probably believed in curses....

    I think Ray Lewis has suffered less out of the cover athletes.

    BTW I agree, the Lewis cover was pretty nice.
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