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? ┬ŚMartin 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? ┬ŚCorey Minerva, Locust, N.J.

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

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