The Madden NFL 10 cover may have the most feared cover on Earth due to the Madden curse. For 10 years, every time a new Madden NFL game comes out, the star on the cover does not do to well afterward. The Madden cover curse has supplanted the Sports Illustrated cover jinx as the most feared in sports. But can the Madden NFL 10 do any better with two players? The curse will have to work overtime to get both Larry Fitzgerald and Troy Polamalu, the new Madden NFL 10 cover stars.
Larry Fitzgerald and Troy Polamalu were Super Bowl competitors, and are now facing off on the Madden cover. Fitzgerald carried the Arizona Cardinals on his back to the Super Bowl, instantly becoming the new most famous wide receiver in the NFL. Polamalu is the head of the feared Pittsburgh Steelers defense, which needed to be bailed out by the offense to win the Super Bowl.
Fitzgerald is a newcomer to this kind of superstardom, while Polamalu’s play and hair have been famous for years. But now, these two icons will have their biggest challenge ever ahead as Madden NFL 10 stars.
The Madden cover curse began right away, as initial star Garrison Hearst was barely heard from again after the first Madden video game featured him in 1999. The next year’s cover star, Barry Sanders, retired before the curse got him. But it was the next few years that spawned the Madden curse’s power.
For the next four years, Madden cover stars had big slumps in their careers after being featured on the video game. Eddie George, Dante Culpepper, Marshall Faulk and Michael Vick all had bad seasons in their designated cover years – with some, like Vick, facing even worse in years after that.
Ray Lewis seemed to break the curse in 2005, and has remained a legend – having lucked out with his murder accusations taking place years before getting on the Madden cover. Donovan McNabb, 2006’s cover star, is still around, but has never been the same since.
Shaun Alexander and Vince Young have barely been heard from again after they were affected by the curse. Brett Favre was the next to fall, as the curse made him retire, go to the Jets, and retire again on a down note.
Fitzgerald is a young new star on top of the world after last year’s legendary playoffs, so he is likely the most vulnerable to fall in 2009. Polamalu is more battle tested, and may be able to survive.
Lewis is the only other defensive star to make the Madden cover, and is the only one who has lived through it, so Polamalu may be in the same better position. Perhaps Madden’s retirement might be a sign that the curse might take a rest with him.
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