To be fair, not every single athlete who has appeared on the cover gets injured or has a career-low year, but it is more than enough to inspired terror in some fans.
The Panthers have a great outlook for the coming year, however, with a lot of defensive help coming in through free agency and probably the draft as well. They also have a number of players who were injured last year returning to the line-up.
Newton just had the best year for a rookie quarterback ever, gaining more passing yards than any rookie ever and scoring more rushing touchdowns than any quarterback in NFL history. Calvin Johnson also had a career year with the Lions, and recently inked a 7-year $132 million dollar contract.
Newton being in consideration for the cover is a sign of the direction of the Panthers team last year, and they will be a dark horse favorite to make the Playoffs next year. They are also slated to play 2 primetime television games next year, largely because of Newton’s play last year.
Whichever way you feel about the curse, be sure to cast your vote here, and here’s hoping that whichever athlete is chosen has a healthy and successful year.