Just when it looked like everything was going the Patriots way, something sports fans worry about happened. Sports Illustrated has put Tom Brady on the cover.
The Sports Illustrated cover jinx is well known throughout America as it has taken down many great teams and players. Since 1954, Sports Illustrated has been featuring athletes on the cover of their magazine and the curse has been working its magic. It started in August of 1954 when Milwaukee Braves hall of fame third baseman Eddie Matthews was on the cover. After being the first athlete to appear on the cover, the Braves snapped a nine game winning streak and Matthews broke his hand missing seven games. The cover jinx entered the NFL in July of 1984 when Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Jack Lambert was on the cover with the headline “The Man of Steel”. Lambert suffered a turf toe injury which caused him to miss most of the 1984 season. Since then, several players who have appeared on the cover have soon gone down with serious injuries and teams featured on the cover have soon suffered big defeats.
Tom Brady was on the cover in September of 2008 for the NFL season preview issue. Just minutes into the first game of the season, Brady tore the ACL and MCL in his left knee while getting hit by Kansas City Chiefs safety Bernard Pollard. The season ending injury was the first major injury in Brady’s career and ended his season. It also seemed to derail the promising season of the defending AFC champions. Many Patriots fans may also remember the cover leading up to the Patriots last Super Bowl in which the cover headline was “Can the Giants Get to Brady?”. Of course, the Giants broke up New England’s bid for a perfect season in that game giving Brady his first loss in a Super Bowl.
Though Tom Brady has been on the cover 22 other times in his career and the Patriots even more, people will still remember the Super Bowl preview and Brady in 2008 which is bound to make some Patriots fans nervous. It may just be superstition but going into a game as important as the Super Bowl, many fans would rather be safe, just in case.