Let’s Look At The Madden Football Curse

Historically, few people are more superstitious than athletes. From eating the same thing before every game to wearing the same old t-shirt under their pads during each game, athletes and fans alike look for any reason to explain victories, losses, hot streaks, and cold runs. This expands into the world of video games, let’s take a look at The Madden Curse.

The Madden Curse is the belief that bad things can happen to the player or the player’s team that is featured on the cover of the All-Madden football game each year.

Madden NFL ’99

This is the first year that All-Madden Football carried a picture of a player on the cover, that player was Garrison Hearst. Hearst had a career year in 1999 and was one of the hotter names in the NFL at the time. After appearing on the cover, he led the 49ers in rushing and to a first round UFABET ลิ้งค์ทางเข้า playoff win over the Green Bay Packers. In their next playoff game against the Atlanta Falcons, Hearst would go down with a knee injury and wouldn’t play again until the 2001 season.

Madden NFL 2000

Barry Sanders appeared on the cover with John Madden for the 2000 edition of All-Madden Football. Sanders had a long and impressive career and was still putting up some of the best numbers in the league, as well as some of the most exciting plays. A week before training camp opened for the season, Barry Sanders retired leaving the Detroit Lions with no effective running game.

Madden NFL 2001

During the 2001 season following his appearance on the Madden Football cover, Eddie George averaged 3 yards a carry (a career low) and only ran for just over 900 yards rushing while battling a nagging toe injury.

Madden NFL 2002

The year before, Daunte Culpepper had thrown for over 4,000 yards and completed 33 touchdown passes. After appearing on the cover of Madden NFL 2002, Culpepper went on to throw just 13 touchdown passes and 14 interceptions before having his season ended in week 11 because of injury.