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The Madden Curse Continues
Total Pro Sports- Troy Polamalu and Larry Fitzgerald are your Madden 2010 cover boys. Now many people are speculating that they will be the latest victims of the long running Madden curse. The curse supposedly affects those players who have graced the cover of the popular sports game over the years.
Since 1999 EA sports has been putting popular NFL players on the cover of the game instead of the handsome John Madden. Here is a look at some of the cover boys and how they fares in the subsequent season.
2009- Brett Favre
Suffered a shoulder injury late in the season, Jets miss the playoffs. Threw an NFL leading 12 interceptions.
2008- Vince Young
Had a minor injury in 2007, but has since lost his starting job to Kerry Collins.
2007- Shaun Alexander
Suffered a broken foot and missed 6 games.
2006- Donavan McNabb
Suffered a sports hernia during first game of the season. After playing through the pain he had surgery and missed the last 7 games of the year.
2005- Ray Lewis
Ravens failed to make the playoffs and next season he missed 10 games.
2004- Mike Vick
Suffered a broken leg the day after the game was released. Falcons finish 5-11. Currently in jail.
2003- Marshall Faulk
Has injured ankle for most of the year and Rams fail to make the playoffs.
2002- Daunte Culpepper
Suffers knee injury and misses 5 games. Minne finishes 5-11.