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The Infamous Madden Curse August 13, 2007

Posted by Marquis Chapman in Football, NFL, Sports.

With Madden ’08 coming out tomorrow, it would only be right to revisit the infamous Madden Curse. Many people disagree on whether or not there is actually a curse, but since 2001, any player that has been on the cover of Madden, has had their numbers drop significantly, or suffered an injury that caused the them to miss a number of games.  Is there really a curse?  You be the judge.

  • Eddie George (2001)- The year George was on the cover, he actually had a great season with career highs in touchdowns and yards.  The next season however, George was bothered by a toe injury the entire season.  This resulted in George having a career low in yards and touchdowns.  George was never quite the same player after that season.

  • Dante Culpepper (2002)- Threw 13 touchdowns and 14 interceptions the year he was on the cover.  He later suffered a back injury that would end his season.

  • Marshal Falk (2003)- Missed five games due to an ankle injury. His numbers noticeably declined, and he would never rush for 1,000 yards in a season again.

  • Michael Vick (2004)- Suffered a broken right leg in a pre-season game against the Baltimore Ravens, causing Vick to miss the majority of the season.

  • Ray Lewis (2005)- Perhaps the player least affected by the Madden Curse, Lewis’ numbers were slightly down.

  • Donovan McNabb (2006)- McNabb suffered a hernia in week 9, and was forced to shut it down for the rest of the season.  He also threw more interceptions and the Eagles missed the playoffs for the first time since 1999.

  • Shaun Alexander (2007)- Alexander missed 6 regular season games with a broken left foot.  He finished the season with only 896 yards and 7 touchdowns, which were his lowest totals since his rookie season.

  • Vince Young (2008)- ?

Lets all cross our fingers for Vince Young this season.


1. graceMark - August 13, 2007

In my opinion Vince Young doesn’t have that much to lose anyways. Poor choice for the cover.

2. kidal25 - August 13, 2007

Don’t forget about madden 2000. I know John Madden was mostly on the cover but who was in the background? That person was Barry Sanders. Remember Barry quit that year and made me a sad kid for years.

3. Marquis Chapman - August 13, 2007

Oh yeah, your right. That was a sad day for the NFL.

4. Sportsattitude - August 14, 2007

Vince suspended for his first pre-season game because he picked a bed other than his own to sleep in. He’s Doomed.

5. The Mixtape Monster - August 14, 2007

hated seein my boy Culpepper go downhill after that

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