Is the Madden curse true? Should I avoid picking Megatron in the first round of my draft? It sounds ridiculous but how have the last front cover players panned out on the season they were featured?
Thanks for writing in. The so called “Madden curse” is really not as bad as people think. The story of the curse begins in 1999 when Garrison Hearst appeared on the cover. Hearst was a young up-and-coming running back with the San Francisco 49ers. After appearing on the cover Hearst broke his ankle and missed the next two seasons. He was never the same rusher after that and soon washed out of the league. The Following season Barry Sanders appeared on the Madden cover. The future hall of famer inexplicably retired before training camp never to suit up again. The first two seem to carry some weight and really got he ball rolling on the curse rumors. In the years that followed you see some rather weak examples of the curse. The 2003 cover athlete was Marshall Faulk. That season Faulk did not break 1,000 yards rushing as he had done so many years prior! The team never returned to super bowl form after 2003. My thoughts; running backs get old and teams rebuild. Another weak example; in 2005 Ray Lewis was on the cover. His season was cut short by a wrist injury in week 15! He also did not record a single interception that season! Really? That is your curse? It seems the curse promoters are reaching a bit. More recently we can look at Peyton Hillis and Troy Polamalu, both missed significant time the year they were featured on the cover. People forget that Hillis carried the ball 270 times the year before his Madden Cover. If you have ever watched Hillis play you know that he does not shy away from contact. Polamalu plays a similar “wrecking ball” style of football so it was only a matter of time before the two sustained injuries.
This year Detroit’s Calvin Johnson graces the cover of the popular NFL video game and the curse talk has already begun with four of Johnsons team mates combining for seven arrests this off-season. This of course can be explained by common stupidity. As it stands Calvin Johnson is projected as the number one wide receiver in our preseason rankings. He is the undisputed number one target on an offense that lead the league in pass attempts in 2011. Johnson is an absolute beast who must be taken in the first round if you want him on your fantasy football team. I would not put too much stock in curses if I were you, draft accordingly. Besides, don’t you know its bad luck to be superstitious?
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David - The Trade Expert