Anonymous asked in SportsFootball (American) · 1 decade ago

Will the Madden curse affect Drew Brees?

Madden Curse

Prior to 1999, every annual installment of the Madden NFL series primarily featured John Madden on its cover.[24] In 1999, Electronic Arts selected Garrison Hearst to appear on the PAL version's cover, and has since featured one of the league’s top players on every annual installment.[25] Since then, much like the Sports Illustrated Cover Jinx, certain players who appeared on Madden video game box art have experienced a decline in performance, usually due to an injury.

* Daunte Culpepper led the Minnesota Vikings to the playoffs in 2000, but after appearing on the Madden 2002 cover, he threw 23 interceptions as the Vikings slumped to a 5-11 record. He also broke the record for most fumbles in a single season. While his career looked to be back on track in 2004 with a career season, he blew out both knees in 2005 and 2006 and never resembled the player he was at the start of the decade.

* Marshall Faulk appeared on the 2003 cover, and his career (and the success of the St. Louis Rams) severely declined afterwards. He did not register another 1,000 yard rushing season and his yards per carry average dropped from a consistent 5.4 over the previous three years to 4.5 in 2002 and 4.0 in 2003 and 2004. He started 21 out of a possible 32 games from 2002-2003 as knee injuries got the better of him. He underwent reconstructive knee surgery in 2005 and retired that same year.

* After appearing on the cover of Madden NFL 2004, Michael Vick broke his leg in pre-season and missed the first 12 games, with the Atlanta Falcons going 5-11.

* Ray Lewis, 2005 cover athlete and middle linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens, had his season cut short in week 15 with a wrist injury. It was also Lewis' first season without an interception.

* In 2006, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb tore the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and meniscus in his right knee while jumping out of bounds in a game versus the Tennessee Titans, ending his season. McNabb also suffered a sports hernia in the first game of the season.

* Running back Shaun Alexander, then the league’s reigning Most Valuable Player, was featured on the cover of Madden NFL 2007, and sustained a foot injury that caused him to miss six starts.[26] As a result, Alexander’s rushing statistics were substantially less than those from the previous season, and he never returned to true form.[26] Alexander himself has asked, “Do you want to be hurt and on the cover, or just hurt?"[27]

* Madden NFL 2008's cover featured Vince Young, the starting quarterback of the Tennessee Titans. Young missed one game of the 2007 season due to a minor injury, but for the rest of the season was roughly even with his 2006 performance. When Young appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live to officially announce that he would appear on the cover of Madden NFL 2008, he derided allegations of becoming the curse’s next victim, and stated, “I've done prayed about it and we're gonna go home and try to get to the playoffs and try to get to the Super Bowl. We'll see what happens."[28][29]

* Brett Favre appeared on the cover of Madden NFL 2009 as a Green Bay Packer, under the impression that Favre was retired. However, shortly after the decision, Favre came back out of retirement and signed with the New York Jets, forcing EA to release a new cover online. Though he did not miss any games, later admitted to suffering a torn biceps injury, which Favre says may have affected his gameplay during the final five games of his first and only season with the New York Jets, who missed the playoffs at 9-7 after starting the season 8-3.[30] Favre threw 2 touchdowns and 9 interceptions in the last 5 games of the season.

* On September 10, 2009, Strong Safety Troy Polamalu of the Pittsburgh Steelers, who was featured along with Larry Fitzgerald, wide receiver for the Arizona Cardinals, on the cover of Madden NFL 10, sprained his MCL in the first half of the season opener and missed the next four games. After returning, Polamalu played in three more games before injuring his posterior cruciate ligament on November 14, 2009 against Cincinnati, and missed more games as a result. Larry Fitzgerald, on the other hand, started all 16 regular season and both playoff games for the Cardinals. He did not attend the pro bowl due to a rib injury, leaving Steve Smith of the New York Giants, to take his spot in the 2010 Pro Bowl. He recorded 97 receptions (third-most of his NFL career), 1,092 yards (fourth-most), and a career-high 13 touchdowns. [31]

16 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    There is no such thing as a curse or 2012. Why? Because use your brain people? IT ISN'T POSSIBLE!!! In fact the nfl is the hardest sport to be consistent every year after year, that i bet you if you said any player right now, they would probably have some sort of injury or trouble down the line.

    I mean what player's haven't?

  • And that is ignoring off the field issues!

    Daunte Culpepper is STILL a failure, now signed with the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the AFL

    Michael Vick later went to jail for 2 years because of a dog fighting charge

    Vince Young was suicidal for a time (I was kinda scared for him at that point)

    A LOT of people have lost A LOT of respect for Brett Favre because of his antics (you know what I mean)

    Larry Fitzgerald has lost a lot of respect from Arizona fans now because of his attitude toward his contract

    It's kinda creepy...

    To answer your question though, I don't see why he is any different from other members! Vince Young was also a QB, and Ray Lewis has won a superbowl... I'm not one to believe in curses, but it's a possibility!

  • I one hundred percent agree, that this thing is not a curse. I believe that the players that get chosen to be on the cover, are players that are always getting injuries, because they give it their all on the field, and injuries are bound to happen.

    Take Troy Polamalu for instance, he`s literally all over the field. Chances are, he`ll get injured. That`s the way I look at it. They choose tough, physical players that are super stars in the league, and the injuries come along with it.

  • April
    Lv 4
    5 years ago

    Nope, the vikings are just gonna lay a traditional A$$-whooping on those clown saints. they got lucky last year against the Vikings and the Super bowl should have been tied but that INT made them look better than they were. There is no curse!

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  • 1 decade ago

    Yes he will fall to the Madden Curse

    There are no exceptions for the Madden Curse

  • 1 decade ago

    well if you look at those players you'll also notice they lost key players to there team. Drew brees still has basically the same offense and defense returning from his superbowl team a year ago so i believe he'll have no problem being a dominate player in the NFL

  • 1 decade ago

    Most likely. Sharper talking smack about Brett Favre's ankle didn't help either. So look for Brees to go down week 1.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    as a Saints fan, we and everyone in the NFL knows Brees is the heart of the Saints. He's the leader, a great Role Model, and a field coach. But, Brees won't go down, the Madden curse is faker than a Porn Star's ****. I'm Not worried at all.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Yea he's gonna get it. The curse does not have to be serious injury, it can either be serious, minor, or just a decline in perfomance.

  • Balls
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    I think people focus too much on the curse. While it is weird that these things have happened, people are too critical of it. If Brees doesn't throw for 5,000 yards and 40 TD's, people will say that it's the curse.

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