The Madden Curse Finds its Latest Victim, is Fitzgerald Safe?
The venerable Madden video games is never short of providing quality gaming experiences. Each year, the release of Madden manages to surpass all expectations and set the bar even higher. Another foretold event is the injury incurred by players who are selected to grace the cover of Madden. On Thursday night, All-Pro safety and Madden co-cover-boy, Troy Polamalu, sprained his medial collateral ligament in the season’s opener against the Tennessee Titans. The injury is expected to force Polamalu to miss three to six weeks.
Tough news for Steelers’ fans no doubt, but it is also bad news for Cardinals’ fans whose beloved and godlike wide receiver, Larry Fitzgerald, is also on the cover of Madden alongside Polamalu. Will the Madden curse strike him this season?
History of the Madden Curse Ravaging NFL Players
- 2002 Daunte Culpepper misses five games at the end of the season with a knee injury
- 2003 Marshall Faulk misses six games
- 2004 Michael Vick breaks his leg and sits out for 11 games
- 2005 Ray Lewis misses one game
- 2006 Donavan McNabb tears his ACL against Tennessee on November 19, 2006, forcing him to miss the rest of the season
- 2007 Shaun Alexander breaks his foot and misses six games
- 2008 Vince Young misses one game, plays poorly, and has since then been replaced by Kerry Collins
- 2009 Brett Fav-ra is on the cover, unretires and retires several times over, tears a biceps ligament which degrades his performance in the last six weeks of the season, and the Jets miss the playoffs. Fav-ra later retires and unretires and is expected to repeat the cycle in the near future.