This not-so-wild speculation courtesy of GameDaily — and seemingly confirmed Awful Announcing and by us, through a source who was at the Letterman taping that airs tonight — reveals that Brett Favre will be on the cover of the Madden 09.
According to the Facebook site for Madden NFL 09, the cover athlete is expected to be announced on April 25. Moreover, a quick check of the CBS schedule for Late Show with David Letterman shows that Favre is going to appear as one of Dave's guests tonight (April 24). For the past few years, EA has used late-night shows to announce the Madden cover. Last year Jimmy Kimmel's show was used to announce Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young for Madden 08.
Other possible cover boys are newly married and relevant Eli Manning of the New York Giants and everybody's favorite Purple Jesus, the Vikings' Adrian Peterson.
If Favre is on the cover and is still retired, what does that do to the Madden curse? Chances are either Aaron Rodgers goes down with a knee injury in Week 2 or, worse, John Madden has a heart attack and is unable to do Sunday Night Football all year.
A source at the taping describes how it went:
Brett: I have retired
Dave: Did you sign your retirement form?
Brett: I have not signed my retirement form.
Brett Favre To Cover Madden 09 [Game Daily]