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Niner fans: VOTE FOR CRUZ

I voted Cruz, Fitzgerald, Rodgers, and Johnson. All NFC. All not-Willis.
I read Willis' ESPN interview ... seems he wants the recognition etc.,
the cover brings. Problem being, The Madden Curse is REAL! Did my
part, and voted for Cruz.
Willis will break the curse.

BALEEEED DAT
We dont need our best Defensive player getting cursed
Originally posted by TheRatMan13:
I voted Cruz, Fitzgerald, Rodgers, and Johnson. All NFC. All not-Willis.

;D fans of like minds ... I voted like-wise.
I voted for Willis. I don't believe in curses and I would love to see Patrick Willis on the a Madden Cover. He deserves the recognition.
i voted willis. you guys are ridiculous. the curse only effects humans
  • mike
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Willis won't win even if you vote for him. Always ends up going to some ultra hyped offensive player. If it does go to the defense it's either ints or sacks, those are the "pretty" defensive stats. The "curse" is that their numbers generally fall a little bit or they get hit by an injury.

Too bad injuries are inevitable, and stats regularly fall and rise from year to year(especially after someone wins the superbowl and they lose talent). I don't believe in the madden curse.Take anyone who has a career season and generally they won't match those numbers, they also (like every player) have a decent chance that they'll get hurt at some point in the year.

Take peyton hillis as example, even if he didn't make the madden cover he was literally the only weapon on a sorry cleveland squad and his numbers tailed off toward the end of the year by a lot. I didn't redraft him in my fantasy league because of that, not because he was on the cover of madden.
[ Edited by mike on Apr 4, 2012 at 11:49 AM ]
Voted for Willis
It's been for years that the MADDEN CURSE has shown on players weather is by injury or low in production. I voted for Fitzgerald, Gronk, Aaron Rodgers & Cruz!
Originally posted by Jcool:
Sorry Mods I had to vote for Willis... I don't believe in curses!

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Originally posted by Norwalks_Best:
It's been for years that the MADDEN CURSE has shown on players weather is by injury or low in production. I voted for Fitzgerald, Gronk, Aaron Rodgers & Cruz!

production is bound to happen, the person who gets to be on the cover is usually coming off an unusually good year. if he doesnt get back to that anomaly people think its because of a stupid curse. injuries happen, josh morgan wasnt on the madden cover and he broke his s**t last year. same with ginn, same with a ton of other guys. s**t happens. when gigantic men who run extremely fast hit somebody a ton of times over the course of a season, injuries are bound to happen
I VOTED WILLIS! Victor Cruz is chill n all, but i ain't voting a NY GIANT over the Best 49ER!
willis is so badass no curse can stop him
Originally posted by hondakillerzx:
Originally posted by Norwalks_Best:
It's been for years that the MADDEN CURSE has shown on players weather is by injury or low in production. I voted for Fitzgerald, Gronk, Aaron Rodgers & Cruz!

production is bound to happen, the person who gets to be on the cover is usually coming off an unusually good year. if he doesnt get back to that anomaly people think its because of a stupid curse. injuries happen, josh morgan wasnt on the madden cover and he broke his s**t last year. same with ginn, same with a ton of other guys. s**t happens. when gigantic men who run extremely fast hit somebody a ton of times over the course of a season, injuries are bound to happen


Dude... its REAL! It's not just production... look at the injuries too, bad things happen to people on the Madden Cover, BAD THINGS MAN! Peyton Hillis fell to it, and here is a list of other guys who might have prefered not to be on the cover after the fact - ONE GUY, MAYBE TWO SINCE 1999 HAS ESCAPED THE CURSE... LARRY FITZGERALD, AND MAYBE YOU COULD SAY RAY LEWIS... THE REST EEEEEEEEK!

Prior to 1999, every annual installment of the Madden NFL series primarily featured Madden on its cover.[1][32] In 1999, Electronic Arts selected Garrison Hearst to appear on the PAL version's cover, and has since featured one of the league's top players on every annual installment[33] despite Madden's opposition.[1]

Garrison Hearst appearing on the 1999 PAL cover was known to be the "start" of the curse, as after his appearance, he broke his ankle and was out for 2 seasons, and his performance was never the same.

After Barry Sanders' appearance on the 2000 cover, Sanders abruptedly retired before training camp, falling him just short of the record for most career rushing yards.

Dorsey Levens appeared on the PAL version of the 2000 game, and the Green Bay Packers, whom Levens was playing for at the time, failed to make the playoffs, and Levens was eventually released the year later.

After Eddie George appeared on the 2001 cover, the Tennessee Titans lost in Divisional round in the 2001 playoffs. Late in the 4th quarter with the Titans down 17-10, a Steve McNair pass was bobbled by George and intercepted by Ray Lewis for a touchdown, sealing the game. George also never averaged more than 3.4 yards per carry for the rest of his career.

Daunte Culpepper led the Minnesota Vikings to the playoffs in 2000, but after appearing on the Madden 2002 cover, he threw 23 interceptions as the Vikings slumped to a 5–11 record. He also broke the record for most fumbles in a single season. While his career looked to be back on track in 2004 with a career season, he blew out both knees in 2005 and 2006 and never resembled the player he was at the start of the decade.

Marshall Faulk appeared on the 2003 cover, and his career (and the success of the St. Louis Rams) severely declined afterwards. He did not register another 1,000 yard rushing season and his yards per carry average dropped from a consistent 5.4 over the previous three years to 4.5 in 2002 and 4.0 in 2003 and 2004. He started 21 out of a possible 32 games from 2002–2003 as knee injuries got the better of him. He underwent reconstructive knee surgery in 2005 and retired that same year.

After appearing on the cover of Madden NFL 2004, Michael Vick broke his fibula in a pre-season game against the Baltimore Ravens, and the Atlanta Falcons went 5-11. Just one year later it was discovered that he participated in an illegal dog-fighting ring and he was sent to prison (and thus not allowed to play football).

Ray Lewis, 2005 cover athlete and middle linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens, had his season cut short in week 15 with a wrist injury. It was also Lewis' first season without an interception.

In 2006, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb tore his ACL and meniscus in his right knee while jumping out of bounds in a game versus the Tennessee Titans, ending his season. McNabb also suffered a sports hernia in the first game of the season.

Running back Shaun Alexander, then the league's reigning Most Valuable Player, was featured on the cover of Madden NFL 2007, and sustained a foot injury that caused him to miss six starts.[34] As a result, Alexander's rushing statistics were substantially less than those from the previous season, and he never returned to true form.[34] Alexander himself has asked, "Do you want to be hurt and on the cover, or just hurt?"[35]

Madden NFL 2008's cover featured Vince Young, the starting quarterback of the Tennessee Titans. Young missed one game of the 2007 season due to a minor injury, but for the rest of the season was roughly even with his 2006 performance. When Young appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live to officially announce that he would appear on the cover of Madden NFL 2008, he derided allegations of becoming the curse's next victim, and stated, "I've done prayed about it and we're gonna go home and try to get to the playoffs and try to get to the Super Bowl. We'll see what happens." [39][40] In contrast, Young suffered longer-term injuries in 2008 (from which he successfully came back in 2009) and 2010, which, combined with a coaching dispute, led to his departure from the Titans prior to the 2011 season.

Brett Favre appeared on the cover of Madden NFL 2009 as a Green Bay Packer, under the impression that Favre was retired. However, shortly after the decision, Favre came back out of retirement and was traded to the New York Jets, where he was plagued by poor on-field performance and an off-field sexual harassment scandal.

On September 10, 2009, Larry Fitzgerald, wide receiver for the Arizona Cardinals and safety Troy Polamalu of the Pittsburgh Steelers, were both featured on the cover of Madden NFL 10. Polamalu sprained his MCL in the first half of the season opener and missed the next four games. After returning, Polamalu played in three more games before injuring his posterior cruciate ligament on November 14, 2009 against Cincinnati, and missed more games as a result. Fitzgerald, on the other hand, started all 16 regular season and both playoff games for the Cardinals. He did not attend the Pro Bowl due to a rib injury, leaving Steve Smith of the New York Giants to take his spot in the 2010 Pro Bowl. He recorded 97 receptions (third-most of his NFL career), 1,092 yards (fourth-most), and a career-high 13 touchdowns.[41]

Madden NFL 11 cover athlete Drew Brees played in every game of the 2010 NFL Season. However, he threw twice as many interceptions (22) that season than in the Saints' 2009 Super Bowl-winning campaign (11). Also, his Quarterback Rating dropped nearly 20 points, and the Saints lost in the first round of the playoffs to the 7-9 Seattle Seahawks, the only team to date to make the playoffs with a losing record in a full-length season. He made the 2011 Pro Bowl as a reserve, after being unable to participate in the 2010 Pro Bowl, as the Saints had made the Super Bowl. Brees played 6 weeks of the NFL Season with a torn MCL, a fact that was first outed by his teammate, Heath Evans,[42] later confirmed by another teammate, Jon Stinchcomb[43] and, eventually, Brees himself.[44] - NOT TO MENTION THE WHOLE BOUNTY SCANDAL AND WHAT THAT WILL DO

Madden NFL 12 cover athlete Peyton Hillis has missed five games in the 2011 NFL season with a hamstring injury, missed one game with strep throat, and has had his numbers decline continuously after the second week. Hillis suffered a re-injury to his hamstring during practice before week nine and his outlook to finish this season with numbers equivalent to his previous year's performance is looking bleak. In addition, his divisive behavior in the Browns locker room during the season, particularly with regards to his contentious contract negotiations, has been the subject of much media attention. It has been rumored that Hillis will leave the Browns at the end of the 2011-2012 season as a free agent.[45] When asked his significant decline, Hillis pointed towards the infamous Madden curse as a factor, saying "Things didn't work in my favor this year. There's a few things that happened this year that made me believe in curses. Ain't no doubt about it." [46]