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Countdown to a curse: How long until Madden NFL coverboy Brett Favre is screwed?

August 7, 2008 | 12:58 pm

Brettphotogal Are the New York Jets in for a surprise?

Brett "Gunslinger" Favre, Green Bay Packer icon, recently announced he was joining the Jets after a storied 16-year run with the Packers.

But was New York's score ill-timed?

On Aug. 12, Madden NFL '09 comes out with Favre on the cover. And we all know what that means...he's doomed.

Last year's cover model Tennessee Titans' Vince Young told Jimmy Kimmel that he prayed about not falling victim to the Madden NFL curse, which is said to take down some of the league's finest in injury or performance stats.

Seattle Seahawks' Shaun Alexander, 2007, foot injury; Philadelphia Eagles' Donovan McNabb, 2006, sports hernia; Baltimore Raven's Ray Lewis, 2005, broken wrist; Atlanta Falcons' Michael Vick, 2004, injured fibula and is now serving time for hosting a dog-fighting ring.

The list goes on.

Poor Jets. Poor Favre. Will the 38-year-old's rifle arm come out of its socket? Or will his new AFC rivals, the Patriots and Colts, inflict some hideous damage that will ruin his perfect attendance record?

The countdown is on ...

-- Denise Martin and Jevon Phillips


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And below we posted one of our favorite Brett Favre movie cameos, on screen with Ben Stiller, Matt Dillon and Cameron Diaz in "There's Something About Mary."