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Is the Madden Curse Real?

Madden 2002

Madden NFL 2002 (2001)

Daunte Culpepper, Minnesota Vikings

After throwing 33 touchdowns and going 11-5 as a first-time starter in 2000, Culpepper took a nosedive during his cover season. Injuries wiped out six games, he fumbled 16 times, threw just 14 touchdowns compared to 13 picks, and went 4-7 in his starts.

Verdict: Cursed


Madden NFL 2003 (2002)

Marshall Faulk, St. Louis Rams

After five straight 1,000-yard seasons and three straight 1,300-yard years, Marshall Faulk’s cover year was a letdown. He missed six starts and failed to reach 1,000 rushing yards, a bar he never reached again.

Verdict: Cursed

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