Polamalu, Fitzgerald on Madden 10 cover

Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker
If the John Madden curse takes place again this year, it will have to impact two players from last season's Super Bowl teams.

Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu and Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald are on the cover of "Madden NFL 10," which will be released this summer. It was announced Friday that both players were chosen from a group of nine finalists, which also included Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed and Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger of the AFC North.

The curse has been well-documented. Players such as linebacker Ray Lewis, running back Shaun Alexander and quarterbacks Donovan McNabb, Michael Vick and Vince Young all suffered injuries and/or had poor seasons the year after they were on the cover of the popular video game.

Polamalu and Fitzgerald are both coming off Pro Bowl seasons in 2008.