Detroit Lions: Why Calvin Johnson Will Defeat the Madden Curse

Connor Muldowney@@connormuldowneyCorrespondent IJuly 4, 2012

Detroit Lions: Why Calvin Johnson Will Defeat the Madden Curse

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    Calvin Johnson is one of the most physically gifted athletes in all of sports. He was recently placed on the cover of the newest Madden video game.

    There has been a so-called 'Madden Curse' that has made its way through the past stars that have made the cover of the famous video game. NFL stars who appeared on the cover include Eddie George, Daunte Culpepper, Michael Vick and Donovan McNabb. All of these stars either injured themselves shortly after appearing on the cover or saw their career decline.

    Calvin Johnson doesn't believe in the curse, and for good reason. Many of the stars who were injured would never have blamed it on them being on the cover of a video game.

    Here's why Calvin Johnson will defeat the curse that the Madden video game has supposedly placed on NFL superstars.

He's Not Injury-Prone

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    Calvin Johnson has only missed a total of five games in his five-year NFL career. He has, however, had little nagging injury's, such as a sore knee in 2009 and a tender ankle in the 2010-11 season.

    Other than minor injuries, Megatron has been relatively injury-free, and that could not be better news for Lions fans. 

    Many fans are worried about Johnson getting hurt because of his Madden cover appearance, but his injury history, or lack thereof, says otherwise. Many players that were on the cover were aging veterans, like George, Alexander and Favre, or had a history of injuries. Calvin Johnson, on the other hand, is in the prime of his career with no history of major injuries.

He's Physically Gifted

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    Calvin Johnson is built like a machine, giving his nickname 'Megatron' good use. If you asked any NFL coach or GM what their dream wide receiver would look like, they'd pull out a picture of Johnson.

    Johnson is 6'5", 235 pounds of pure muscle. He has the height to overpower defensive backs and the speed to burn linebackers in the middle of the field.

    With that said, unless he is injured by falling down on his own after a miraculous catch, I can't see a defensive back causing any serious damage to Megatron. He can run people over and use a devastating stiff-arm to burst through defenses without fear of injury.

    The defenses going up against him may be more prone to injury because of his daunting size and strength.

He's Not the Only Option at WR

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    While many of the stars have been injured in the past after appearing on the cover of Madden, almost all of them were the only option at their given position.

    The good thing about being a wide receiver is that he doesn't have to worry about touching the ball every play and exposing himself to a possible injury.

    Yes, Matthew Stafford is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL and he threw for over 5,000 yards last season, but he also has many targets to throw to.  The Lions have an explosive offense that consists of such targets as Titus Young, Nate Burleson, Brandon Pettigrew, Ryan Broyles and even Jahvid Best.

    With weapons such as these at wide receiver, tight end and running back, Calvin Johnson won't have to worry about carrying the offensive load for the Lions.

The 'Madden Curse' Is Just a Myth

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    If Calvin Johnson says that the curse isn't real, then you better believe that the curse does not exist.

    He is only the second receiver to ever appear on the cover of Madden, the other being Larry Fitzgerald.  Fitzgerald did not miss any time during the regular season following his cover debut and don't expect Johnson to miss any time either.

    The 'Madden Curse' is a long-standing myth, but it is just that, a myth. The players who have appeared on the cover each year have suffered their own bad luck, but they would be the first to tell you that it had nothing to do with any curse. 

    To believe in a thing like this could cause any player to play it safe and put the thought of injury in their mind. Calvin Johnson already said he doesn't believe in the curse, and that's the first step in defeating it.

    The next step? Dominating the NFL like he has been for the past few seasons.