Thursday, April 22, 2010
History of the 'Madden' Curse
By Pat Yasinskas
New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees officially has been selected to grace the cover of the "Madden NFL 11" video game.
It’s a nice honor for a player from a small-market team. But history has shown it’s not always a good thing to be on the "Madden" cover. Let’s turn it over to our friends at ESPN Stats & Information for a look at what’s happened to the guys who have been on the "Madden" cover in the past.
- 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; obvious issues since then.
- 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.