Since football season is over lets lookand see if the "curse"will be on the next player who becomes the cover athlete
It all started in the madden 2000 game when Barry Sanders abruptly and mysteriously retired from the NFL. Being the first in the series of strange occurrences.Though Sanders was never on the cover,he still starts the "curse" because he was hired to do so,just never did
Madden 2001-Eddie George was on the cover.He had an average season with 939 yards,5 td's and averaged 3 yards a carry,but it was the only year when he didnt rush for over 1,000 yards and to top it all off his team went from 13-3 afc champions to missing the playoffs with a 7-9 record. 2002
Madden 2002-Daunte Culpepper was on the cover.He had average numbers 2612 yds 14 tds and 13 ints.But missed the last 5 games of the season and the Vikings went 5-11which was there worst record since 1984.
Madden 2003-Marshall Faulk was on the cover.He had one of his wost seasons with only 953 yards and 8 tds and he never had 1,000 yards again.It was in that year that people started making the connection between the game and the injuries.
Madden 2004-Michael Vick was the cover boy.He didnt even make it out of the preseason before breaking his right fibula,and only played in five games.Vick had only 513 yards,4tds and his team only won 5 games.Reinforcing the notion that a curse did in fact exist.
Madden 2005-Ray Lewis was the only year when the curse seemed to not exist.He had 142 tackles and his team made the playoffs with a 9-7 record,however in the next season he was injured in week six and his team missed the playoffs with a 6-10 record.
Madden 2006-Donovan Mcnabb had great numbers but in week 10 Mcnabb suffered a hernia and was lost for the season.In that same year Terrell Owens and also suffered a sports hernia, which severely hindered his play.So the "curse" was back in action.
Madden 2007-Reigning league MVP Shaun Alexander suffered a cracked bone in his foot missing 6 games and only rushing for 900 yards and 8 tds,but he hasent been the same since.
Madden 2008-Vince Young had an amazing season throwing for 2546 yards and 9 tds.Young also played in all 16 games and lead his team to the playoffs.Clearly the "curse"hasent effected him yet.
Has the "curse" ended,its up to you,thanks for reading