After orchestrating one of the best Super Bowl comebacks in NFL history, Tom Brady is headed back to the NFL gridiron for another season. The star quarterback will turn forty years old in August but is determined to make this upcoming season better than the one that transpired in 2016. It is no surprise that after the stat-packed year Brady was able to present that he was named EA Sports Madden 18 cover athlete for the year. Although this is one of the highest honors in the football world, this honor does come with a little baggage. The

Although this is one of the highest honors in the football world, this honor does come with a little baggage.

The "Madden Curse" has effect star athletes that have previously been plastered to the cover of one of America's top-selling video games. When the athlete an athlete is put on the cover of Madden the following season the same athlete performs poorly or experiences a season-ending injury. Athletes such as Larry Fitzgerald, Adrian Peterson, Drew Bress, Brett Farve, Donovan McNabb and Sean Alexander have all been victims of the curse but Brady may be one of the few who can stir up the magic antidote.

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Last season was a mind blowing year for fans as they watched "Tom Terrific" light up opposing defenses week after week. Brady finished the 2016 regular season throwing only two interceptions in 12 games.

His ball security enabled him to have his highest passer rating since 2007, the same year in which he leads his New England Patriots to an undefeated regular season. Brady's 3,554 yards passing helped launch the Patriots into the playoffs and solidified their comeback during Super Bowl LI comeback against the confused defense of the Atlanta Falcons.

During the 2017 off-season, the Patriots decided to give Tom more weapons in the passing game when

During the 2017 off-season, the Patriots decided to give Tom more weapons in the passing game when they acquired wide receiver, Brandin Cooks. Cooks will be able to serve as a speed receiver that can destroy nickel defenses as well as base coverage packages.

In addition to Cooks, the Patriots also added tight end Dwayne Allen to their arsenal. Allen is a vertical tight end that has the ability to catch the football down the field and block during the running game. As the Patriot offense seems to become more and more lethal, it seems as if Tom will only build on top of the momentum that the previous championship season seems to bring.

The top is not so comfortable

Although the Patriots are one of the most feared teams in the NFL, their seat at the top is up for grabs. Other teams in the NFL are preparing for the upcoming season as well and are prepared to knock the reigning champs off of their throne. Numerous football fans are tired of seeing the Patriots endure constant success year after year and they hope that their current favorite NFL team feels the same way.

When it comes down to it only the strong will survive, "it's in the game."

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