Madden NFL, originally John Madden Football, is a video game series that came out three decades ago. The yearly installment of the game has become an annual purchase for many, as it has become one of the most popular and highly-anticipated games yearly. Besides the obvious gameplay that fans look forward to, they also anticipate and even bet on who makes the cover each year. Along with the cover athlete, however, has brought what we now call the Madden Curse.
Madden NFL began putting players on the cover with Madden NFL 2000, and ever since then, the cover athlete has fallen into some bad luck or something unfortunate happens. The Madden Curse has been documented for the past couple decades, but how real is it? Let’s take a look at every cover athlete since Madden NFL 2000.