- 7To celebrate the end of a long career of legendary quarterback Brett Favre, EA Sports selected the former Green Bay Packer to appear on the cover of Madden NFL 2009 in his Packer green and yellow. Favre however had other plans and came out of retirement (for the first time) to join the New York Jets. As usual, misfortune followed the cover athlete as he was implicated in a sexting scandal in 2010.
- 8Standout college football quarterback and two-time Rose Bowl MVP Vince Young was selected to front the 2008 edition of Madden NFL after a stellar rookie season. Young had favorable a season immediately after the selection however in December 2008 he was troubled by off-field issues which in turn affected his play.
- 10After leading the Philadelphia Eagles to the Super Bowl, quarterback Donovan McNabb fell under the Madden Curse after he appeared on the cover of the game in its 2006 edition. Just as several had before, McNabb suffered a season-ending injury during the year when he tore his ACL in a game against the Tennessee Titans.
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