New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will grace the cover of Electronic Arts' (EA - Get Report) "Madden NFL 18" video game, EA announced on Friday.

"Madden NFL 18" will launch worldwide on Friday, August 25.

This is the second straight year a member of the New England Patriots has been selected as the cover athlete.

Last year, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski appeared on the cover.

However, being named the cover athlete of the "Madden NFL" video game series brings with it what many have called the "Madden Curse" in which the cover athlete is susceptible to injury.

But, Brady isn't worried.

"The 'Madden NFL 18' cover is a great honor for me," Brady said. "Especially since I have been playing the game since growing up next to EA headquarters in the Bay Area. I'm not one to believe in curses, so I'm ready to take the challenge head on like always."

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