Peyton Hillis of the Cleveland Browns participates in a photo shoot for the cover of EA Sports Madden NFL 12 yesterday in Time Square, New York City…Now we all can sit back and see if the Madden Curse affects this beast…It has completely taken on a life of its own, so much so that EA Sports announced this past December plans to make a comedy based on it…It won’t be funny if you draft Hillis on your fantasy squad and he goes down…To see the Complete Madden Curse Timeline Continue reading. -TO
Via Sports Illustrated:
2001 — RB Eddie George, Titans
After a career year in ’00 with 1,509 yards and 14 TDs, George slumped to full-season lows 939 yards and 5 TDs. He never averaged better than 3.4 yards per carry in any successive season.
2002 — QB Daunte Culpepper, Vikings
Culpepper threw a career-worst 23 INTs in the ’02 season and wound up having a mess of a career later in the decade, including multiple knee injuries.
2003 — RB Marshall Faulk, Rams
Faulk played in a career-low 11 games and began having knee issues that would end his career for good in ’05.
2004 — QB Vick, Eagles
He broken his leg in the preseason after being on the cover and later had the legal problems that landed him in jail and kept him off the field for full years.
2005 — LB Ray Lewis, Ravens
Lewis missed the last game of ’04 season with a wrist injury and played a career-low six games in ’05.
2006 — QB Donovan McNabb, Eagles
McNabb tore his ACL and meniscus in the season after being on the cover and played just 10 games in ’06.
2007 — RB Shaun Alexander, Seahawks
Alexander went from the NFL MVP to missing six games with a foot injury that all but ended his career and success for fantasy owners.
2008 — QB Vince Young, Titans
Young threw a career high 17 INTs in the season after being on the cover and wound up playing just three games, starting one, in the ’08 season. He also struggled with depression and dealt with rumors of considering suicide, which he denied.
2009 — QB Brett Favre, Packers
Favre was on the cover as a Packer, but he came out of retirement and led the league with 22 INTs. He also suffered through a disappointing season with the Jets that wound up leading to allegations of inappropriate behavior with Jets sideline reporter Jenn Sterger.
2010 — WR Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals and S Troy Polamalu, Steelers
Polamalu’s curse hit him right away, missing all but five games of the ’09 season after being on the cover. Fitzgerald’s fall didn’t happen until ’10, when he struggled to live up to his lofty draft position and had a career-low six TDs.
2011 — QB Drew Brees, Saints
Brees went from on top of the world with a Super Bowl title and MVP to tossing a career-worst 22 INTs — double that of his previous season. Although he made it through the whole season, he did admit to having played through a troublesome tear in his knee.