His Madden 10 covermate, Steelers safety and wild-hair enthusiast Troy Polamalu, left last night's season opener with a knee injury. Early reports have him missing three to six weeks.
This, of course, has everyone talking about the so-called "Madden Curse" this morning. Fitzgerald and Polamalu are the only duo to be featured on the title.
The always on-point MJD over at Shutdown Corner has a rundown of how athletes on the cover of the game have fared in the following year.
It's not a pretty, feel-good list by any stretch of the imagination.
Do you believe in the Madden Curse, or is just a made-up thing that the media made up so we'd have something to talk about and seem smart?