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Odell Beckham Jr. blows off talk of so-called ‘Madden Curse’

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Odell Beckham Jr. on Wednesday was named the cover athlete for the upcoming “Madden 16.” Despite some troubling trends related to players who have previously graced the cover of the venerated video game series, the New York Giants wide receiver insists he’s giving no thought to becoming the latest victim of the so-called “Madden Curse.”

“I don’t really believe in curses much,” he said, via Ebenezer Samuel of the New York Daily News. “A curse is something somebody wishes upon you.”

Beckham, who edged out New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski in a vote conducted by EA Sports, said instead it’s an honor worth celebrating, not something that merits of any worry or paranoia.

“I’m definitely excited,” Beckham said on the “SportsCenter” special. “I’m definitely honored. It to me is just kind of mind-blowing still, thinking about playing one year of football and (being) given the opportunity to now be on the cover with all these (other NFL stars). I’m kind of at a loss for words.”

Despite Beckham’s excitement and downplaying any notion of a curse, things have not gone well for some players who graced the cover of “Madden.” In fact, the immediate and subsequent history of a handful of the cover athletes is littered with bad luck.

Most reports detailing the “Madden Curse” will reference the running back trio of Peyton Hillis (2011), Eddie George (2001) and Marshall Faulk (2003), all of whom suffered through seasons marred by injuries.

Moreover, here’s an excerpt from a 2014 Digital Trends piece about the “Curse.”

It started with Garrison Hearst, who appeared on the cover of a Madden NFL game in 1999, only to break his ankle shortly thereafter. Of the 18 players that have been featured on the cover of Madden NFL prior to this year’s edition, 17 have had troubling or abruptly shortened seasons following their cover debut – including several players who suffered season-ending injuries soon after their appearance on a Madden NFL cover.

Ominous stuff.

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