Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 4/24/12
In the National Football League, being selected to be on the cover of ‘Madden NFL’, a popular football themed video game named after hall of fame coach and broadcaster John Madden, is a big deal. Since the practice was started in 1999 with Garrison Hearst, there have only been 15 players to ever grace the cover of ‘Madden NFL’. With the exception of Peyton Hillis, who last season won a fan vote to earn the right to grace the cover of ‘Madden’, most players were chosen because they were considered the top players at their position or somehow changed the way the game was played. Yet as big of an honor that such a selection would seem, there are just as many people who see it as a ‘curse’—that bad things happen to the players who appear on the cover of ‘Madden NFL.’ The question then remains, is there such a thing as ‘The Madden Curse’—or is it a myth invented by fans and the media to explain why certain players may have had seasons that are consistent with their career production? A
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