10 Questions for John Madden

His eponymous Madden NFL video game turns 20 on Aug. 12

Timothy Archibald for TIME

John Madden

Do you believe in the Madden NFL cover curse? —Martin Bennett, Mount Airy, GA.

No, and I don't think players believe in it either. If you go back to the history of the Madden game, I was probably on the cover of it half the time. So if I was to believe there was a curse, I would also have to believe I'd been cursed. And I've never had that feeling.

If there wasn't football, what would your life be like instead? —Corey Minerva, Locust, N.J.

I've been lucky in that that's all my life...

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