Obviously John Madden believed in the Madden curse. That would be the only reason he would accept being replaced as the cover boy on his NFL video game in 1999.
His commentary at NFL games became so annoying that even EA decided to remove his stupid sayings from the game once he retired.
So after gracing the cover through the 80's and 90's, John Madden decided to pass on the curse to current players in the NFL, so now his only mark on the game is his name.
The unfortunate souls that thought they were bigger than the curse, quickly found out they weren't. In the season following their appearances on the cover, the players suffered through injuries, poor play, and undesirable circumstances.
Here is a look at what the curse has done and why future Madden men should think twice about having their image on the front of the best-selling game.