TMZ caught up with John Madden.
The infamous Madden curse is broken!
After countless broken bones ... horrible seasons ... and penis pics gone public (we're lookin' at you Brett Favre) ... the Madden Curse has finally been LIFTED ... at least according to John Madden.
The curse is legendary ... with more than a dozen NFL stars experiencing terrible seasons after appearing on the cover of the Madden football video game series....
But this weekend outside Craig's in L.A., Madden explained how Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson finally broke the most famous jinx in pro sports.
Curses were made to be broken.
It's good to see John Madden. I always liked him - as a sportscaster.