The Classic Curse. You have a great season, they put you on the cover of EA Sports, John Madden football video game, next season, you come out and have a horrible season. The last few covers are as follows. The 2004 video game cover: Michael Vick. The 2005 video game cover: Ray Lewis. The 2006 Video Game cover: Donavon McNabb. The 2007 Video game cover: Sean Alexander. The 2008 video game cover: Vince Young. The 2009 video game cover: Brett Favre (as a Packer). The not-yet released 2010 video game cover: Larry Fitzgerald and Troy Polamalu. Will Fitzgerald and Polamalu be cursed?
One day, One day after the 2004 Madden video game hit the shelves, Michael Vick, the man on the cover, fractured his fibula in a preseason game. He played only 5 games and the Falcons sank to 5-11. That season, Vick threw for 585 yards, and 4 touchdowns. Vick is normally known for his mobility, and rushing yardage, but only ran for 255 yards and 1 touchdown. Vick never really got his career back on track fully, with off the field issues clouding his performance. Now, his entire NFL career could be over due to the dogfighting charges that he was charged with.
The First Defensive player to be on the cover of the Madden video game: Ray Lewis. In 2003, Lewis, a Career high 6 interceptions, leading the Ravens to the postseason. Lewis also had only one sack in 2004. The Madden Curse took lightly to Lewis, as his team just missed the playoffs going 9-7. Unfortunatlely for Baltimore, the curse stuck with lewis a little bit longer, the next season he tore his hamstring, and missed a significant portion of the season. Lewis just got a new contract to stay with the Ravens, and will probably retire in Baltimore.
McNabb got it one of the worst of all the cursed. After Denying any belief of the curse at all, McNabb suffered a Sports Hernia in the first game of the season, McNabb is one of the toughest players in the league, and he tried to play through it, which severely affected his performance in 2004. Finally, the pain was unbearable, and he elected for surgery and missed the final 7 games. The Eagles finished last in the NFC East that season. McNabb lost Owens that season and had trouble finding receivers. McNabb got hit hard by the curse of the Madden video game.
Sean Alexander graced the cover of the 2007 Madden cover. 2005, was clearly his best season in his career, rushing for a 5.1 yards per carry average. Alexander led the Seahawks to a Super Bowl Appearance, only to lose 21-10 to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Alexander broke his foot in the third game of the season, sidelining him for 6 games. The Seahawks did manage to reach the playoffs, but lost to the Chicago Bears in the 2nd Round. The Curse could not completely hold back Alexander's skill set, he ran for 896 touchdowns and 7 touchdowns. Alexander's Career went downhill a little after that. Injury Prone, the Seahawks released him, and he is currently playing for the ever famous, 0-16 Detroit Lions.
The Curse hit Young harder than most others. He hurt his knee in the middle of the season, missing two games. In 2006, Young threw 12 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions. A decent season, but what made his 2006 season special, was his leadership and ability to turn around a bad, bad Tennessee Team. In 05, the Titans went 4-12. They then drafted Young, in 2006 they went to 8-8. Young now has lost his starting job to the surprise player in Kerry Collins, who has played excellent ball in Tennessee, leading them to one of the best records in football in 2008.
They put Favre on the cover after he announced his "retirement". They had him there as a Packer. They figured "He's done, this will break the madden Curse". Nuh-uh. Favre pulls the classic Favre. He comes back to play in New York, for the Jets. The Beginning of the season looked good for Brett as he knocked off the undefeated Titans. They also beat the later NFC Champion Cardinals as Brett threw 6 td's. The end of the season was not so good for Favre and the Jets. He went 1-4 in the last 5 games, finishing with a bad loss to the Dolphins, throwing 1 touchdown and 3 interceptions.
The 2010 cover was just released. It is the first one with two players on it. Troy Polamalu, and Larry Fitzgerald, both are long haired, stars of their team. Both dont seem like the type that should have a bad season this year, but regardless, it could happen. Polamalu had 7 interceptions, tied for 2nd. Fitzgerald was second with 1431 recieving yards. Leave me a comment on what will happen. GO STEELERS!