Football The Worst Cases of the Madden Curse That'll Make You Believe  

CE Hudspeth
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List Rules Vote up the athletes who you agree actually went downhill after appearing on the cover of Madden.

Even if you’re not a particularly superstitious person, there are some peculiar happenings that really can’t be denied when it comes the cover image of this particular video game franchise. The Madden Curse is the stuff of legend. The history of those who are featured on Madden covers is undeniably unsettling. Being featured on the game doesn’t gaurantee anything (except for more money), but there are certainly cases that make it seem like being the Madden cover athlete is the equivalent of making a deal with the devil. These are the worst cases of the Madden Curse.
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Peyton Hillis (2012)


Peyton Hillis is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Cases of the Madden Curse That'll Make You Believe
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After rushing for 1,177 yards in 2011, Hillis suffered from a bevy of injuries including strep throat, a sprained hip, and a bum hamstring. He only played in 10 games, racking up a measly 577 rushing yards, and 3 touchdowns. He has never returned to form since that breakout year.
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Vince Young (2008)


Vince Young is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Cases of the Madden Curse That'll Make You Believe
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After leading the Titans to a 10-6 season, Young was featured on the cover of Madden. The following year he was benched in the preseason after violating team rules. He threw 17 picks and injured his quad before losing his job to Kerry Collins.

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Shaun Alexander is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Cases of the Madden Curse That'll Make You Believe
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After rushing for 1,880 yards, and being featured on Madden’s cover, Alexander injured his foot and missed six starts. This was his first time since the 2000 season that he didn’t reach 1,000 yards, only going for 896. After the cover and the foot injury he was injury prone and dropped off rather quickly, never reaching elite form again.

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Marshall Faulk is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Cases of the Madden Curse That'll Make You Believe
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Prior to being featured on the cover, Faulk had five consecutive seasons with 1,000+ rushing yards. His season as the Madden Cover guy amounted to missing five games with an ankle injury, and ending his streak of 1,000 yard seasons. In fact, he ended up never rushing for a 1,000 yards again.

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