History Main / MaddenCurse

17th May '17 10:40:37 PM JudasZala
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* '''Peyton Hillis''', Cleveland Browns running back (2012 cover): The ''Madden NFL 12'' cover athlete was determined by a March Madness-style bracket tournament containing one player from every team, with fans voting for players in one-on-one matchups. This culminated in the cover being graced by Hillis, making him only the second ''Madden'' cover athlete whose team didn't make the playoffs the previous season (the first was Vince Young, who'd just won the Rookie of the Year award). A few people have theorized that Hillis gained a lot of his votes from people who didn't want the guy on their team to be on the cover, due to the curse being well known. And the first indication of the curse was? Hillis sat out the Browns' Week 3 game with strep throat. He also voluntarily sat out Week 5. He also TookALevelInJerkass. On a side note, Hillis defeated then-Philadelphia Eagles QB Michael Vick in the finals to win the cover. Given the fact that Vick's reputation was already ruined due to his conviction on dog fighting and animal cruelty charges in 2007, and how EA could have faced a potential PR backlash by having Vick on the cover...

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* '''Peyton Hillis''', Cleveland Browns running back (2012 cover): The ''Madden NFL 12'' cover athlete was determined by a March Madness-style bracket tournament containing one player from every team, with fans voting for players in one-on-one matchups. This culminated in the cover being graced by Hillis, making him only the second ''Madden'' cover athlete whose team didn't make the playoffs the previous season (the first was Vince Young, who'd just won the Rookie of the Year award). A few people have theorized that Hillis gained a lot of his votes from [[ILetYouWin people who didn't want the guy on their team to be on the cover, due to the curse being well known.known]]. And the first indication of the curse was? Hillis sat out the Browns' Week 3 game with strep throat. He also voluntarily sat out Week 5. He also TookALevelInJerkass. On a side note, Hillis defeated then-Philadelphia Eagles QB Michael Vick in the finals to win the cover. Given the fact that Vick's reputation was already ruined due to his conviction on dog fighting and animal cruelty charges in 2007, and how EA could have faced a potential PR backlash by having Vick on the cover...
17th May '17 10:36:50 PM JudasZala
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* '''Barry Sanders''', former Detroit Lions running back (''Madden NFL 25'' cover): This year, the tournament was divided into "Old School" and "New School" players, with the latter containing current players and the former containing (mostly) greats of each team's history. As Sanders is obviously no longer playing, it's unclear how the curse could play out unless you believe the curse had hit his former team, the Lions, who stumbled from a 6-3 start, and first place in the NFC North, to a 7-9 finish, with Calvin Johnson playing injured for much of the season. Or the city of Detroit, which went bankrupt in 2013.

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* '''Barry Sanders''', former Detroit Lions running back (''Madden NFL 25'' cover): cover, [=PS3=] and [=XBox 360=]): This year, the tournament was divided into "Old School" and "New School" players, with the latter containing current players and the former containing (mostly) greats of each team's history. As Sanders is obviously no longer playing, it's unclear how the curse could play out unless you believe the curse had hit his former team, the Lions, who stumbled from a 6-3 start, and first place in the NFC North, to a 7-9 finish, with Calvin Johnson playing injured for much of the season. Or the city of Detroit, which went bankrupt in 2013.



* '''Rob Gronkowski''', New England Patriots tight end (2017 cover, consoles): Gronk, the runner-up to last year's tournament, was selected to appear on the cover. No tournament was held for the first time since 2012. Gronk would be indirectly affected by the Madden Curse, as quarterback Creator/TomBrady had his four-game suspension restored by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and a court in 2016 for his alleged role in the Deflategate scandal, and directly affected when he missed the first two weeks due to injuries. He then suffered a season-ending back injury in Week 10 against the Seahawks, and underwent surgery two weeks later. Nonetheless, the Patriots clinched the AFC East division with a 14-2 record, and later won Super Bowl LI (which Gronk didn't participate in). Depending on one's point of view, either the curse died because Gronk's team won it all in the end or it still lives on because of what transpired to him during the season.

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* '''Rob Gronkowski''', New England Patriots tight end (2017 cover, consoles): Gronk, the runner-up to last year's tournament, was selected to appear on the cover. No tournament was held for the first time since 2012. Gronk would be indirectly affected by the Madden Curse, as quarterback Creator/TomBrady had his four-game suspension restored by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and a court in 2016 for his alleged role in the Deflategate scandal, and directly affected when he missed the first two weeks due to injuries. He then suffered a season-ending back injury in Week 10 against the Seahawks, and underwent surgery two weeks later. Nonetheless, the Patriots clinched the AFC East division with a 14-2 record, and later won Super Bowl LI (which Gronk didn't participate in). Depending on one's point of view, either the curse died because Gronk's team won it all in the end or it still lives on because of what transpired to him during the season. On December 23, 2016, Gronk would do [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RmVztw7lSk an online commercial for Madden NFL 17]], poking fun at the Madden Curse.
15th May '17 12:31:47 AM JudasZala
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* '''Creator/TomBrady''', New England Patriots quarterback (2018 cover, consoles): After winning Super Bowl LI, Brady got the honor of gracing the cover, which [[https://www.polygon.com/2017/5/12/15627136/madden-nfl-18-cover-athlete-tom-brady-release-date-ps4-xbox-one he says is a great honor for him.]] It's yet to be seen if the curse will hit soon to be 40-year-old Brady in the 2017 NFL season, but Brady is very much aware of the Curse, [[https://www.facebook.com/TomBrady/videos/1560009470706864/ which he doesn't believe in anyway.]]

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* '''Creator/TomBrady''', New England Patriots quarterback (2018 cover, consoles): After winning Super Bowl LI, Brady got the honor of gracing the cover, which [[https://www.polygon.com/2017/5/12/15627136/madden-nfl-18-cover-athlete-tom-brady-release-date-ps4-xbox-one he says is a great honor for him.]] It's yet to be seen if the curse will hit soon to be 40-year-old Brady in the 2017 NFL season, but Brady is very much aware of the Curse, [[https://www.facebook.com/TomBrady/videos/1560009470706864/ which he doesn't believe in anyway.]]]] As with last season, no tournament was held for the second consecutive year.
12th May '17 12:31:58 PM RisefromYourGrave
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* '''Creator/TomBrady''', New England Patriots quarterback (2018 cover, consoles): After winning Super Bowl LI, Brady got the honor of gracing the cover, which [[https://www.polygon.com/2017/5/12/15627136/madden-nfl-18-cover-athlete-tom-brady-release-date-ps4-xbox-one he says is a great honor for him.]] It's yet to be seen if the curse will hit soon to be 40-year-old Brady in the 2017 NFL season, but Brady is very much aware of the Curse, [[https://www.facebook.com/TomBrady/videos/1560009470706864/ which he doesn't believe in anyway.]]
28th Feb '17 11:25:45 AM AreYouTyler
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* '''Antonio Brown''', Pittsburgh Steelers WR (2017 cover; iOS playoffs): Brown averted the curse by being named to his fifth Pro Bowl and third All-Pro team, catching 12 touchdowns. However, the Steelers fell short of the Super Bowl, losing to the Patriots in the AFC Championship, 36-17.
5th Feb '17 8:57:19 PM RisefromYourGrave
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* '''Rob Gronkowski''', New England Patriots tight end (2017 cover, consoles): Gronk, the runner-up to last year's tournament, was selected to appear on the cover. No tournament was held for the first time since 2012. Gronk would be indirectly affected by the Madden Curse, as quarterback Creator/TomBrady had his four-game suspension restored by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and a court in 2016 for his alleged role in the Deflategate scandal, and directly affected when he missed the first two weeks due to injuries. He then suffered a season-ending back injury in Week 10 against the Seahawks, and underwent surgery two weeks later. Nonetheless, the Patriots clinched the AFC East division with a 14-2 record, and are the AFC Champions heading into Super Bowl LI.

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* '''Rob Gronkowski''', New England Patriots tight end (2017 cover, consoles): Gronk, the runner-up to last year's tournament, was selected to appear on the cover. No tournament was held for the first time since 2012. Gronk would be indirectly affected by the Madden Curse, as quarterback Creator/TomBrady had his four-game suspension restored by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and a court in 2016 for his alleged role in the Deflategate scandal, and directly affected when he missed the first two weeks due to injuries. He then suffered a season-ending back injury in Week 10 against the Seahawks, and underwent surgery two weeks later. Nonetheless, the Patriots clinched the AFC East division with a 14-2 record, and are the AFC Champions heading into later won Super Bowl LI.LI (which Gronk didn't participate in). Depending on one's point of view, either the curse died because Gronk's team won it all in the end or it still lives on because of what transpired to him during the season.
3rd Feb '17 7:05:55 PM RisefromYourGrave
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* '''Rob Gronkowski''', New England Patriots tight end (2017 cover, consoles): Gronk, the runner-up to last year's tournament, was selected to appear on the cover. No tournament was held for the first time since 2012. Gronk would be indirectly affected by the Madden Curse, as quarterback Creator/TomBrady had his four-game suspension restored by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and a court in 2016 for his alleged role in the Deflategate scandal, and directly affected when he missed the first two weeks due to injuries. He then suffered a season-ending back injury in Week 10 against the Seahawks, and underwent surgery two weeks later. Nonetheless, the Patriots clinched the AFC East division with a 14-2 record.

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* '''Rob Gronkowski''', New England Patriots tight end (2017 cover, consoles): Gronk, the runner-up to last year's tournament, was selected to appear on the cover. No tournament was held for the first time since 2012. Gronk would be indirectly affected by the Madden Curse, as quarterback Creator/TomBrady had his four-game suspension restored by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and a court in 2016 for his alleged role in the Deflategate scandal, and directly affected when he missed the first two weeks due to injuries. He then suffered a season-ending back injury in Week 10 against the Seahawks, and underwent surgery two weeks later. Nonetheless, the Patriots clinched the AFC East division with a 14-2 record.record, and are the AFC Champions heading into Super Bowl LI.
2nd Jan '17 4:36:35 PM JudasZala
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* '''Rob Gronkowski''', New England Patriots tight end (2017 cover, consoles): Gronk, the runner-up to last year's tournament, was selected to appear on the cover. No tournament was held for the first time since 2012. Gronk would be indirectly affected by the Madden Curse, as quarterback Creator/TomBrady had his four-game suspension restored by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and a court in 2016 for his role in the Deflategate scandal, and directly affected when he missed the first two weeks due to injuries. He then suffered a season-ending back injury in Week 10 against the Seahawks, and underwent surgery two weeks later. Nonetheless, the Patriots clinched the AFC East division with a 13-2 record.
* '''Von Miller''', Denver Broncos linebacker (2017 cover, iOS): Miller managed to avert the curse by leading the AFC in sacks with 13.5 through 15 games. However, the Broncos lost both of their 2015 starting [=QBs=]; Creator/PeytonManning retired and Brock Osweiler signed with the Houston Texans as a free agent. The Broncos fell to 8-7 (as of Week 16) and failed to qualify for the playoffs.

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* '''Rob Gronkowski''', New England Patriots tight end (2017 cover, consoles): Gronk, the runner-up to last year's tournament, was selected to appear on the cover. No tournament was held for the first time since 2012. Gronk would be indirectly affected by the Madden Curse, as quarterback Creator/TomBrady had his four-game suspension restored by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and a court in 2016 for his alleged role in the Deflategate scandal, and directly affected when he missed the first two weeks due to injuries. He then suffered a season-ending back injury in Week 10 against the Seahawks, and underwent surgery two weeks later. Nonetheless, the Patriots clinched the AFC East division with a 13-2 14-2 record.
* '''Von Miller''', Denver Broncos linebacker (2017 cover, iOS): Miller managed to avert the curse by leading the AFC in sacks with 13.5 through 15 games. However, the Broncos lost both of their 2015 starting [=QBs=]; Creator/PeytonManning retired and Brock Osweiler signed with the Houston Texans as a free agent. The Broncos fell to 8-7 (as of Week 16) 9-7 and failed to qualify for the playoffs.
30th Dec '16 1:32:49 PM AreYouTyler
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* '''Rob Gronkowski''', New England Patriots tight end (2017 cover, consoles): Gronk, the runner-up to last year's tournament, was selected to appear on the cover. No tournament was held for the first time since 2012. Gronk would be indirectly affected by the Madden Curse, as quarterback Creator/TomBrady had his four-game suspension restored by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and a court in 2016 for his role in the Deflategate scandal, and directly affected when he missed the first two weeks due to injuries. He then suffered a season-ending back injury in Week 10 against the Seahawks, and underwent surgery two weeks later.
* '''Von Miller''', Denver Broncos linebacker (2017 cover, iOS): Miller managed to avert the curse so far by scoring 12.5 sacks through 11 games. However, the Broncos lost both of their 2015 starting [=QBs=]; Creator/PeytonManning retired and Brock Osweiler signed with the Houston Texans as a free agent. The Broncos fell to 8-7 (as of Week 16) and failed to qualify for the playoffs.

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* '''Rob Gronkowski''', New England Patriots tight end (2017 cover, consoles): Gronk, the runner-up to last year's tournament, was selected to appear on the cover. No tournament was held for the first time since 2012. Gronk would be indirectly affected by the Madden Curse, as quarterback Creator/TomBrady had his four-game suspension restored by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and a court in 2016 for his role in the Deflategate scandal, and directly affected when he missed the first two weeks due to injuries. He then suffered a season-ending back injury in Week 10 against the Seahawks, and underwent surgery two weeks later.
later. Nonetheless, the Patriots clinched the AFC East division with a 13-2 record.
* '''Von Miller''', Denver Broncos linebacker (2017 cover, iOS): Miller managed to avert the curse so far by scoring 12.5 leading the AFC in sacks with 13.5 through 11 15 games. However, the Broncos lost both of their 2015 starting [=QBs=]; Creator/PeytonManning retired and Brock Osweiler signed with the Houston Texans as a free agent. The Broncos fell to 8-7 (as of Week 16) and failed to qualify for the playoffs.



The curse may be spreading to other EA Sports titles, too. On November 13, 2015,[[note]]''[[TemptingFate a Friday the 13th, mind you]]''[[/note]] [[http://www.gamespot.com/articles/ridiculously-good-looking-ea-sports-ufc-2-revealed/1100-6432255/ EA Sports announced]] that Ronda Rousey would be the cover athlete for ''EA Sports UFC 2''. She was already on the cover of ''[[http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/ronda-rousey-becomes-first-woman-to-land-mens-fitness-cover-but-some-men-arent-happy-a6681931.html Men's Fitness]]'' and billed as the greatest MMA fighter, male or female, ever. [[http://www.cbssports.com/general/eye-on-sports/25374987/look-twitter-reacts-in-shock-to-holly-holms-ko-of-ronda-rousey The day after this was announced,]] Holly Holm, a 20-1 underdog, [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson kicks Rousey's fucking head in]] [[DefeatingTheUndefeatable and breaks Rousey's undefeated streak.]] This came not too long after a controversy regarding the cover athlete for ''[[VideoGame/NHLHockey NHL 16]]''. Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane was supposed to be on the cover alongside his teammate, Jonathan Toews. Shortly after this was announced, Kane was accused of sexual assault, and EA Sports released the game with only Toews on the cover.

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The curse may be spreading to other EA Sports titles, too. On November 13, 2015,[[note]]''[[TemptingFate 2015,[[note]]''[[ThirteenIsUnlucky a Friday the 13th, mind you]]''[[/note]] [[http://www.gamespot.com/articles/ridiculously-good-looking-ea-sports-ufc-2-revealed/1100-6432255/ EA Sports announced]] that Ronda Rousey would be the cover athlete for ''EA Sports UFC 2''. She was already on the cover of ''[[http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/ronda-rousey-becomes-first-woman-to-land-mens-fitness-cover-but-some-men-arent-happy-a6681931.html Men's Fitness]]'' and billed as the greatest MMA fighter, male or female, ever. [[http://www.cbssports.com/general/eye-on-sports/25374987/look-twitter-reacts-in-shock-to-holly-holms-ko-of-ronda-rousey The day after this was announced,]] Holly Holm, a 20-1 underdog, [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson kicks Rousey's fucking head in]] [[DefeatingTheUndefeatable and breaks Rousey's undefeated streak.]] This came not too long after a controversy regarding the cover athlete for ''[[VideoGame/NHLHockey NHL 16]]''. Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane was supposed to be on the cover alongside his teammate, Jonathan Toews. Shortly after this was announced, Kane was accused of sexual assault, and EA Sports released the game with only Toews on the cover.
25th Dec '16 11:37:22 PM JudasZala
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* '''Von Miller''', Denver Broncos linebacker (2017 cover, iOS): Miller managed to avert the curse so far by scoring 12.5 sacks through 11 games.

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* '''Von Miller''', Denver Broncos linebacker (2017 cover, iOS): Miller managed to avert the curse so far by scoring 12.5 sacks through 11 games. However, the Broncos lost both of their 2015 starting [=QBs=]; Creator/PeytonManning retired and Brock Osweiler signed with the Houston Texans as a free agent. The Broncos fell to 8-7 (as of Week 16) and failed to qualify for the playoffs.
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