Is J.J. Watt the next victim of the Sports Illustrated cover curse?
HOUSTON, Texas — Texans defensive end J.J. Watt was busy during his bye week being featured on the covers of both Sports Illustrated and ESPN Magazines.
Watt said, “I get all of my work done, put in extra work, do all different types of things and then if there’s an opportunity to do something, I take advantage of that.”
Watt certainly deserves the cover treatment. Watt could become the first defensive player to win MVP in 28 years.
There’s only one little problem: the Sports Illustrated cover curse.
It’s just an urban legend, but some say players or teams who are featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated will be jinxed with bad luck.
In recent memory, Peyton Manning and the Broncos were featured on a cover prior to Super Bowl XLIII and went on to lose the big game in a huge loss.
Even more recently, Kansas City Royals pitcher Greg Holland appeared on the SI cover to celebrate the Royals return to the World Series, which they later lost in seven games.
On the other hand, Michael Jordan was on the cover nearly 50 times. Obviously his legacy was never affected.