Madden 25: Historical Look at Legendary Madden Curse

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Madden 25: Historical Look at Legendary Madden Curse
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The 25th edition of the Madden NFL franchise hit shelves on Tuesday, and the focus has once again shifted from gameplay to the now-infamous curse that follows the player adorning the front cover of the game.

The belief is that the curse started with former San Francisco 49ers running back Garrison Hearst in 1999 and has affected every player to grace the cover since in one way or another.

While players shrug off the curse as superstition every season, the consistency of the damage it does to a career is undeniable.

A quarter century in, it only makes sense for fans of the most popular sports video-game series in history to look back on all the careers ravaged by the curse.

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