The Madden Curse: Cardinals' Fitzgerald Injury Stirs Discussion

Daniel KablackCorrespondent IIIDecember 14, 2009

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 18:  Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald #11 of the Arizona Cardinals celebrates with teammate Reggie Wells #74 after Fitzgerald scored a 62-yard touchdown in the second quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles during the NFC championship game on January 18, 2009 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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There has been ongoing discussion about a certain best-selling video game and NFL players.

The Madden NFL Football series developed by EA Sports has been out on video game consoles for years now.

There has been much talk about the players featured on the front cover as being 'cursed' for the season, as it seems once a player has been featured on the front cover, they sustain serious injuries or their team has a mediocre performance during that season.

This year's latest (Madden 2010) installment of the game featured, for the first time, two players; Steelers Safety Troy Polamalu and Cardinals Wide Receiver Larry Fitzgerald.

Both were featured players in last year's Super Bowl.

Talks of the 'curse' began to come up when Polamalu was injured in Pittsburgh's first game of the season. Polamalu suffered a sprained MCL after the Titans' Alge Crumpler fell on his knee.

Tonight, talk of the curse has been brought up again.

Wide Receiver Larry Fitzgerald of the Cardinals suffered a leg injury and has been scheduled for X-rays during the Cardinals-49ers game played on Monday night. Fitzgerald suffered the injury when jumping for a reception in double coverage, coming down awkwardly.

Fitzgerald would finish the game, which ultimately ended in a 24-9 win for the 49ers. Arizona moved to 6-5, series being swept this season by San Francisco.

His injury begged the question, is there really a curse?


Take a look at the list below sorted by Madden year - Player (Record)

*Note: Ex. Madden 2008 covers the 2007-2008 NFL Season.

2009 - Brett Favre (9-7) - Favre and the Jets started out hot, but Brett injured his throwing arm and the season quickly fell to 9-7 after starting out 8-3.

2008 - Vince Young (10-6) - Injured Right Quadricep in Week 5. Finished with 9 TD and 17 INT, went 10-6 but lost in Playoffs.

2007 - Shaun Alexander (9-7) - Missed six regular season games with a broken foot.

2006 - Donovan McNabb (6-10) - McNabb suffered a Sports Hernia injury during Week 9, Eagles finished 6-10

2005 - Ray Lewis (9-7) - Sat out one game in 2004 season but recorded only 1 interception. Torn hamstring in 2005 season which caused him to miss nine games.

2004 - Michael Vick (5-11) - The Falcons QB sustained a broken leg and missed 11 regular season games.

2003 - Marshall Faulk (7-9) - Had four less touchdowns and 400 less yards then previous year after four straight 1300+ yard seasons, on a 7-9 Rams team.

2002 - Daunte Culpepper (5-11) - Missed four games with injury.

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