You’ve all heard or read about the so-called “Madden Curse.” If not, follow this link. For the majority of you who do know what I am talking about, I give you this.
2000 – Barry Sanders abruptly retires before training camp (was he warned of the impending curse?)
2000 – Dorsey Levens is cut by Green Bay the following season
2001 – Eddie George enjoys career year, until costly turnover leads to Titan’s playoff exit
2002 – Daunte Culpepper leads team to dismal 4–7 record before season-ending knee injury
2003 – Marshall Faulk suffers ankle injury; career diminishes thereafter
2004 – Michael Vick fractures right fibula in preseason game, just one day after Madden is released; sidelined for season
2005 – Ray Lewis fails to post a single interception (after grabbing 6 the previous year), and injury forces him to miss the final game of the season; the Ravens also fail to make the playoffs after winning the division in the 2003–2004 season
2006 – Donovan McNabb suffers sports hernia in first game and undergoes season-ending surgery in November; T.O. feud escalates; Eagles finish 6–10 after reaching Super Bowl in 2005–2006 season
2007 – Shaun Alexander fractures left foot in Week 3.
Ok, I don’t normally buy into this kind of stuff, but dang! Curse or not, you have to admit, that is just plain eerie. Not to steal someone else’s work, I want you to know that I didn’t write that year-by-year breakdown. It was e-mailed to me, and I don’t know the true author.