Do you believe in the Madden Curse?

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. Do you think I am crazy? Let’s take a look…

Madden 2001: Eddie George
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.

Madden 2002: Daunte Culpepper
After leading his team to the NFC Championship game the year before, Daunte Culpepper and the Vikings struggled to a 4-7 start in 2001. Culpepper then suffered a knee injury and missed the rest of the season.

Madden 2003: Marshall Faulk
After four consecutive seasons of rushing for more than 1300 yards, Marshall Faulk was bothered by an ankle injury in 2002 and saw his numbers dip below the 1000 yard mark. The Rams also missed the playoffs.

Madden 2004: Michael Vick
Michael Vick suffered a broken leg during a preseason game in 2003, one day after the Madden game hit store shelves.

Madden 2005: Ray Lewis
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.

Madden 2006: Donovan McNabb
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.

Madden 2007: Shaun Alexander
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.

Madden 2008: Vince Young
Vince Young was only bothered by a minor leg injury, but did throw only nine touchdowns and 17 interceptions.

Madden 2009: Brett Favre
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.

Madden 2010: Larry Fitzgerald/Troy Polamalu
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.

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