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Madden Curse Strikes Again; Polamalu Out
Total Pro Sports – In 2001, Eddie George sucked. In 2002, Dante Culpepper missed five games and played poorly for the rest. In 2003, Marshall Faulk missed six games and entered the downfall of his career. In 2004, Michael Vick broke his leg and missed 11 games. In 2006, Donovan McNabb missed the last seven games of the season. In 2007, Shaun Alexander broke his foot and missed six games. In 2008, Vince Young only missed one game but saw his career take a huge turn for the worse. In 2009, Brett Favre didn’t miss a game, but played hurt over the final stretch and cost the Jets a playoff spot.
If you don’t believe the Madden curse exists, just look back at all of these cover boys who’s careers have suffered after appearing on the cover of the most popular video game in America. Now, with the kickoff of the 2009 NFL season only one day behind us, the Madden curse has once again reared its ugly head.
Last night Madden 2010 cover boy Troy Polamalu was having a great game that was highlighted by an unreal interception (video below) before suffering a rather serious injury that will keep him out 3 to 6 weeks. Late in the first half, after Steelers’ defensive end Aaron Smith blocked a field goal attempt, Polamalu went after the ball and attempted to pick it up but was injured in the process when Titans tight end Alge Crumpler fell on his leg. The pro bowl safety suffered an MCL sprain that will sideline him at least for the rest of September.
Polamalu was not the only player on the cover of Madden’s 2010 edition. Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald was also present, which now has us wondering whether he will be able to make it though his Sunday afternoon affair with the San Francisco 49ers.
Fitzgerald is considered to be a top receiver in the league and was a first round pick in many fantasy drafts this season. Should he go down as a result of the Madden curse, it could be a devastating blow to several fantasy football owners. Those who had Tom Brady last year know exactly how that feels.
Here is a look at Polamalu’s interception prior to his injury.