With Rams RB Marshall Faulk, the Madden Curse took time to really settle in.
It was more like a gradual decline with no chance of improvement.
In the 2001 NFL season, Faulk had accumulated 2,147 total yards and accounted for 21 TDs. The following season, Faulk rushed for under 1,000 yards for the first time since 1996 and scored just eight rush TDs.
As for receiving, he gained just 537 yards and scored two TDs. With most other NFL RBs these numbers would be acceptable, but this is Marshall Faulk and he's held to a much higher standard.
Each year kept getting worse.
In 2003 he rushed for 818 yards then for only 774 in 2004. Both years combined he had scored just 13 TDs on the ground. Now, obviously his aging didn't help either since RBs take such a beating in pro football.
However, Marshall could have went out with much more productive numbers, but the so-called curse got the best of his knees.