The "Madden Curse" started as a simple joke. A player makes the Madden cover and then is subsequently seriously injured, or their level of play falls significantly the next year.
Everyone began to joke and and say there was a curse, but most dismissed the idea with a laugh. Then it got really strange.
Since 1999, the game featured a player on the cover that is considered to be the pinnacle of their careers. The opportunity to be on the Madden cover is an honor to some, but a curse to others.
Of all the 14 players on the cover since 1999, not one of them had a good year, and most of them received serious injuries. Some injuries were even career ending.
The most recent player on the cover is Drew Brees, the quarterback for the Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints. He is featured on the cover of Madden 2011. Saints fans be prepared for a down year.