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Is The Madden NFL Curse Real?

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Congrats to Seattle Seahawks CB Richard Sherman he’s was selected Friday to grace the cover of EA Sports Madden 15 becoming only 3rd defensive player featured on the cover.

Well we all know about the Madden curse but is it real?

Now is the time for you to decide for yourself and vote yes or no, here is a list of players that have suffered from the almighty Madden curse.

  • Madden NFL 25 featured both retired Detroit Lions running back Barry Sanders and Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson on the cover. Peterson, the NFL’s reigning MVP, was hampered by foot injuries and played only 14 games
  • Madden NFL 13 features Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson on the cover. Johnson was not affected by the Madden Curse, as Johnson broke Jerry Rice’s single-season receiving record of 1,848 yards, and many other records as well. He ended the season 36 yards shy of being the first receiver ever to have 2,000 yards receiving
  • Madden NFL 12 cover athlete Peyton Hillis missed five games in the 2011 NFL season with a hamstring injury and missed one game with strep throat, causing his numbers to decline continuously after the second week. Hillis suffered a re-injury to his hamstring during practice before week nine.
  • Madden NFL 11 cover athlete and New Orleans Saint Drew Brees played in every game of the 2010 NFL season. However, he threw twice as many interceptions (22) that season as in the 2009 Super Bowl-winning campaign.
  • 2010, Troy Polamalu/Larry Fitzgerald: Polamalu only played five games due to knee injuries, Steelers missed playoffs; Fitzgerald wasn’t affected much (97 receptions, 1,092 yards, 13 TD, Pro Bowl).
  • 2009, Brett Favre: Feuded with Packers, traded to Jets, horrible down the stretch (lost 4 of last 5).
  • 2008, Vince Young: Missed 1 game with quad injury; led Titans to first playoff appearance in four years.
  • 2007, Shaun Alexander: Fractured foot, missed six games; fewer yards and TDs in ’06 AND ’07 than in ’04 OR ’05.
  • 2006, Donovan McNabb: Sports hernia in first game, missed seven games; feuded with Terrell Owens all year; had been to five straight Pro Bowls, hasn’t been since.
  • 2005, Ray Lewis: Broke wrist, missed one game; first season without interception; missed 10 games next year with thigh injury.
  • 2004, Michael Vick: Fractured fibula one day after video game was released, missed 11 games; Pro Bowl next 2 seasons.
  • 2003, Marshall Faulk: Ankle injury, missed two games, never rushed for 1,000 yards again.
  • 2002, Daunte Culpepper: 4-7 record before season-ending knee injury.
  • 2001, Eddie George: Career season, but fumbled in playoffs as top-seeded Titans lost first game to Ravens.
  • 2000, Barry Sanders: Retired one week before training camp.
  • 1999, Garrison Hearst appearing on the PAL cover was known to be the “start” of the curse, as after his appearance, he broke his ankle and was out for two seasons.

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