Every year, video gamers of all ages eagerly await the launch of the latest John Madden football game. The game has amazingly evolved over the years, always taking advantage of cutting-edge technology.
When first developed, the game was known as John Madden Football, with the big guy himself gracing the cover of the packaging. In 2001, the box art began featuring an action shot of a current NFL player.
The Madden Curse refers to the injury or poor performance that usually happens to said player.
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The curse was delayed a bit for Eddie George. After enjoying a great season in 2000, the following year saw him hampered by injuries and his rushing numbers hit an all-time low.
After leading his team to the NFC Championship game the year before, Daunte Culpepper and the Minnesota Vikings struggled to a 4-7 start in 2001.
Culpepper then suffered a knee injury and missed the rest of the season.
After four consecutive seasons of rushing for more than 1,300 yards, Marshall Faulk was bothered by an ankle injury in 2002 and saw his numbers dip below the 1,000-yard mark.
The Rams also missed the playoffs.
Michael Vick suffered a broken leg during a preseason game in 2003, one day after the Madden game hit store shelves.
In 2004, Lewis failed to record an interception for the first (and only) time in his career. He missed 10 games in 2005 with a torn hamstring.
Donovan McNabb suffered a sports hernia in the first game of the 2005 season. After attempting to play despite the injury, he had surgery and missed the final seven games of the year.
After leading his team to the Super Bowl, Shaun Alexander suffered a broken foot three weeks into the 2006 season. He missed the next six weeks.
Vince Young was only bothered by a minor leg injury, but he did throw just nine touchdowns with 17 interceptions.
After starting the season well, Brett Favre suffered an injury to his throwing arm. Continuing to play, Favre and the Jets saw their season fall apart.
In the first game of the season, Troy Polamalu sprained a ligament in his left knee. He is expected to miss three to six weeks.