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The Madden Curse

Last posted Apr 10, 2014 at 09:50PM EDT. Added Apr 08, 2014 at 04:57PM EDT
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I think the Madden Curse, where the player on a cover of a Madden NFL game will have some issue in the next season, should be big enough and well-known enough to have its own page by this point. A few examples of the Curse itself:

Garrison Hearst, San Francisco 49ers running back (1999 PAL cover): The first NFL player to ever appear on a Madden cover, Hearst broke his ankle and was out of football for two seasons.

Daunte Culpepper, Minnesota Vikings quarterback (2002 cover): A year after he made the cover, he threw 23 interceptions. He also broke the record for most fumbles in a season. He would later blow out both knees in 2005 and 2006. In 2008, he was a member of the 0-16 Detroit Lions.

Shaun Alexander, Seattle Seahawks running back (2007 cover): After winning the Most Valuable Player the year before, he got injured and had a very down year. His career was over due to lack of production a season later.

Peyton Hillis, Cleveland Browns (2012 cover): The Madden NFL 12 cover athlete was determined by a March Madness-style bracket tournament containing one player from every team, with fans voting for players in one-on-one matchups. This culminated in the cover being graced by Hillis, making him only the second Madden cover athlete whose team didn’t make the playoffs the previous season (the first was Vince Young, who’d just won the Rookie of the Year award). A few people have theorized that Hillis gained a lot of his votes from people who didn’t want the guy on their team to be on the cover, due to the curse being well known by this point. And the first indication of the curse was? Hillis sat out the Browns’ Week 3 game with strep throat. He also voluntarily sat out Week 5. He also became a giant asshole.

So what do you think? Should the Madden Curse really have its own page?

Apr 08, 2014 at 04:57PM EDT

Brad wrote:


A big-ass paragraph good enough to stretch out into a book and all you reply to is “yes”?
I’m okay with this.

Apr 10, 2014 at 11:56AM EDT

Christmas Irony wrote:

A big-ass paragraph good enough to stretch out into a book and all you reply to is “yes”?
I’m okay with this.

Second yes

Apr 10, 2014 at 12:25PM EDT

I heard of this before and I don’t follow football or play Madden. I think an entry is a good idea.

Apr 10, 2014 at 07:57PM EDT

I volunteer for editorship. I’m an avid follower of the NFL and was a big Madden fan when I was younger.

Apr 10, 2014 at 09:50PM EDT

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