Every Player Featured On The Cover Of The ‘Sports Illustrated’ NFL Preview (But One) Is Injured
“The Sports Illustrated cover jinx is an urban legend that states that individuals or teams who appear on the cover of the Sports Illustrated magazine will subsequently be jinxed (experience bad luck),” according to Wikipedia.
This jinx, which has affected dozens of athletes and sports teams, dates back as far as August 16, 1954 when Milwaukee Braves third baseman Eddie Mathews became the first person to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated. The Braves would have a nine-game winning streak snapped, and a broken hand later caused Mathews to miss seven games. And has been seen as recently as November 24, 2015 when The 12–0 Iowa Hawkeyes appeared on the cover but lost to the 11–1 Michigan State Spartans in the 2015 Big Ten Football Championship Game 16–13. The Hawkeyes than had to play in the Rose Bowl, where they got trounced by Stanford, 45–16.
Earlier this fall four NFL superstars graced the covers of Sports Illustrated’s 2017 NFL Preview issue. Three of the four have already suffered major injuries and in some cases are out for the season.