Do you believe in the Madden Curse???
Eddie George was the first Player to be on the cover of Madden (John Madden was on the cover up until 2000), and ever since he was on it, every player to be on the cover has followed with a bad year. The only execption is Ray Lewis.
But let's look back.
Eddie George - He rushed for 1500. EA put him on the cover. The following year, he had a sustained a toe injury, and only rushed for 939 yard. That was the lowest output of his career. Infact, That was the only year in his career (up until that point) where he hadn't rushed for 1000. The only other time he didn't reach 1000 was last year (2004), which ended up being his last.
Dante Culpepper - Had a great season. He threw for 33 TD's, 16 INT's, and racked up 3900 yards. EA Put him on the cover. The next year, he injured his knee, and missed 5 games. The Vikings lost in the first round of the playoffs, and his stats plumeted. Throwing only 14 TD's, and 13 INT's, and only throwing for 2600 yards.
Marshall Faulk - Marshall has probably felt the effects of the Madden Curse more than any other player. Marshall has never been the player he was since being on the cover. Before being on the cover, Marshall had only rushed for less than 1000 yards once. The year he was on the cover, had his worst season since 1996 (an injury plagued year). He only started 10 games, and rushed for 900 yards and 8 TD's. Marshall's stats (and career) have been declining since. He's rushed for less yards every year since. Last year he was replaced by Stephen Jackson as the starter, and has been a bench warmer since.
Micheal Vick - He had a great year. In his first year as a starter, he threw for 16 TD's and 6 INT's, and 2900 yards. A great year for a first year starter (and coincidently, his best season yet). All the experts were saying that 2003 would be his break out year, and he would become a superstar. He was named Madden cover star, and little did he know, but he was setting himself up for failure. That year in the second to last preseason, on a scramble, Micheal Vick got tackles and broke his ankle. He missed 12 games. Micheal hasn't had a year like the one that earned him a spot on the cover of Madden. Only time will tell if he can break out.
Ray Lewis - So far, Ray is the only player to avoid the curse. He had amazing stats the season before, recording 161 Tackles, and 6 INT's. He had a drop off, but not much, Recording 147 Tackles. And interesting twist in the "Madden Curse" that I picked up on, but not many others have, is that Ray Lewis is the only person out of those who have been on the cover, who plays Madden on a regular basis (or atleast, has admitted to doing so). He says it's one of his favorite past times while on the road. What role, if any, this revelation plays in the Madden curse is unncertain, but definitely interesting.
Donvan McNabb - Although he (so far) hasn't felt the long term effects of the Madden curse, his "Madden year" is quite possibly the worst. After leading his team to the Super Bowl, Donovan is having a nightmarish season. After enduring criticism from his own teammate, Terrel Owens, on how he was "showing fatigue" in the Super Bowl, he's had to deal with TO's antics every day since. From TO threating not to show up to play, and saying that if he did, he would, in not so many words, ruin the eagles season. Now, once you finally get to the field of play, things just continued to spiral. He sustained a "Sports Hernia" in the first game of the season. He's had to deal with playing with that (an injury that doctors say needs surgery, and no ammount of rest will heal it), all while TO makes a mockery of him, and the Eagle's organization. And that leads us to last night. Donovan aggravates that sports hernia, and is knocked out of the game (which he couldn't finish, and the Eagles ended up losing, after having a 20-7 forth quarter lead).
I don't know about you, but being a Red Sox, and New Orlean's Saints fan, I know there are curses in sports. Weather it be the "Curse of the Bambino", or having a stadium built on an ancient burial ground, there seems to be external forces that effect our favorite past times.
Any way, what's your thought on the subject? Is it a curse, or is it all coincidence?