Tom Brady the latest star on Madden game cover

It was announced Friday that for the first time, the 39-year-old quarterback and five-time Super Bowl champ will grace the cover of Madden 18, becoming the oldest person to do so since the great John Madden himself did so from 1988-2000. If you're unfamiliar with the concept, many have argued that past Madden NFL cover stars have had a bad season afterward, for one reason or another.

For the second year in a row, a member of the New England Patriots will be on the cover of the annual installment of the Madden video game franchise.

For years, there was frequent talk about the "Madden Curse", as cover athletes seemed to either get hurt of have subpar seasons during the year they were featured. "It doesn't stand a chance".

Madden 18 will release on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on August 25th.

Anyway, EA probably felt the need to run damage control in order to recover from the tarnished image BioWare Montreal put on the Frostbite game engine with their piss poor outing that was a technologically inferior product to games released 10 years ago.

After missing the first four games of the 2016 season because of his Deflategate suspension, Brady threw for 28 touchdowns and two interceptions, posting a 112.2 passer rating on his way towards winning a fifth Super Bowl ring.

Congratulations to TB. Check out the reactions below.

"Since 2001, 13 different "Madden" cover starts have missed at least part of the season, while others have seen their production dip or their teams suffer shocking ends to the season", an ESPN anchor said on "SportsCenter." Frostbite delivers a significant visual leap not only to the players, but crowds, stadiums and more. And though it's not pictured here, Brady is also on the cover of the standard edition - though he's far less enthused than on the special edition.

"The "Madden NFL 18" cover is a great honor for me", Brady said in a statement.

The history of the Madden curse is pretty insane.

G.O.A.T pre-orderers will also get three-day early access to the game, meaning they'll be able to play from August 22nd.

In a video posted on Facebook, Brady pokes fun at curses and superstitions by breaking a mirror and walking under a ladder while saying he doesn't believe in curses.

  • Jo Lloyd