Madden cover athlete injured in season opener

The NFL regular season kicked off last night, and believers in the Madden NFL cover curse already have something to point to. The Pittsburgh Steelers' Pro Bowl safety and Madden NFL 10 co-cover star Troy Polamalu suffered a knee injury in the second quarter of the season opener against the...

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The NFL regular season kicked off last night, and believers in the Madden NFL cover curse already have something to point to. The Pittsburgh Steelers' Pro Bowl safety and Madden NFL 10 co-cover star Troy Polamalu suffered a knee injury in the second quarter of the season opener against the Tennessee Titans Thursday night.

The Associated Press reports that Polamalu's injury was diagnosed as a sprained medial collateral ligament (MCL), an injury that typically keeps pro players on the sidelines for three to six weeks. The defensive star had been having a productive game until that point, making six tackles and coming down with a spectacular one-handed interception earlier in the half. Despite losing Polamalu, Pittsburgh went on to win the game in overtime, kicking a field goal on the first possession of the extra frame for a 13-10 victory.

With Polamalu on the shelf, Madden cover curse watchers are turning their eyes to his fellow Madden NFL 10 cover athlete, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald and the Cardinals kick off their season Sunday afternoon with a home game against the San Francisco 49ers.

Though ostensibly prestigious, the honor of being named a Madden NFL cover athlete has proven perilous. Madden NFL 06 cover athlete Donovan McNabb suffered a season-ending sports hernia halfway through the year. After being beset by a string of injuries, 2007 cover star Shaun Alexander went from the NFL's Most Valuable Player to being a backup running back in just two years. Likewise, 2004 cover athlete Michael Vick missed most of the 2004 season due to a leg injury--and was subsequently suspended from the NFL after being convicted on a series of gambling and dogfighting-related felonies. Vick was recently released from prison and is making his return to the NFL this year backing up McNabb on the Philadelphia Eagles.

It appeared as if EA found a way around the cover jinx for Madden NFL 09 by naming the then-retired Green Bay Packer legend Brett Favre as the game's poster boy. That idea was thwarted as Favre decided to come out of his retirement before it had even begun, precipitating a messy split with the Packers and a trade to the New York Jets. Favre didn't miss any games, but the aging quarterback played with a torn bicep tendon and struggled at the end of the season. At one point 8-3 and in first place in their division, the Jets lost four of the last five games and missed the playoffs.

Discussion

259 comments
offroaddan
offroaddan

6 AND O WE ROCK GO BRONCOS NUFF SIAD

offroaddan
offroaddan

My BRONCOS TOTALLY FRIGGING ROCK the raiders suck next week the cowboys they are history GO BRONCOS WE ARE 3 AND 0 I LOVE IT GO BRONCOS WE ROCKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK

TheKingOfTacos
TheKingOfTacos

Man, this curse might be real... Soooooo, when are they gonna put Osama Bin Laden on the cover so we can finally catch him when he sprains his ankle.

offroaddan
offroaddan

BRONCOS 2 AND 0 I LOVE IT MY BRONCOS ROCK OAKLAND YOUR NEXT GO BRONCOS

ebookerd1
ebookerd1

So what happens when Madden goes back to the cover!! Will he get older, fatter, have a brain aneurysm, and have to retire? Alright time to put Madden back on the Front Cover!!!!

ebookerd1
ebookerd1

Larry Beware!!!! I always call it the Barry Sanders Curse. Because every since he was on the cover and retired the madden cover has been a burial ground.

Roggirek
Roggirek

Why don't they put a picture, a very small one, of every player in the NFL on there? Then maybe pro football would be worth watching.....everyone getting hurt.

The3LeggedMan
The3LeggedMan

troy and larrys career will be over w/in the year. sad but true. DAM U MADDENNNN

offroaddan
offroaddan

Put another coach,s name and pic on there instead of Madden and maybe the curse will finally be dead. No Madden no curse ?

BatThink
BatThink

What the hell, this isn't news

bcwjlv
bcwjlv

i wish they would put my whole team(browns) on cover they may actually get free agents that know how to play and win

brewdogg86
brewdogg86

I think the best possible action to take would be to stop making Madden NFL games altogether. That should prevent the injuries from occurring and also stop EA from putting out the same crappy game they do every year.

MRLUGERGUNZ
MRLUGERGUNZ

well worldwar3434 they talk about donovans injurys in here u jus cant read

WorldWar3434
WorldWar3434

Gamespot forgot to mention past cover athlete (Donovan McNabb and Brian Urhlacher) were also injured...

georgeorjose
georgeorjose

vince young does not count he was never a nfl star

R_D_L
R_D_L

Why doesn't anyone talk about the NHL games curse? Anyone on the cover of these games end up suffering from teeth falling out and mullets in the following season, which by the way is much worse than this madden curse mumbo jumbo.

Get_Shorty
Get_Shorty

Brotha. Name a player that has never gotten hurt in this game within the last two decades... even Brett Favre has. Curse Smerse!

oneligas
oneligas

The madden cover curse strikes again! HA HA HA! Someday EA will just make Maddens cover picture NFL Star in a wheelchair rolling off the field into a early retirement.

enoslives7
enoslives7

This is indeed a curse. Not only have the players on madden covers gotten injured, other bad things have happened. Look at that piece of crap, Michael Vick.

BuiltForSin
BuiltForSin

Oh.. wow.. players getting injured in a contact sport that involves 300lb men slamming each other into the ground at high speed.. who knew injuries could happen so often?

brian_13un
brian_13un

Ow too bad hope its recovers ^_^

Pint-Size
Pint-Size

Being mediocre? So 1300 yard is mediocre? L.T. worst season for rushing yards was last season and he still got more yards then many starting running backs.

gameweasl
gameweasl

Its just an erie coinsidence. I'm sure Troy would take it back if he could, LT didn't want to be put on the cover and he has been cursed with being mediocre the last few seasons...

amaneuvering
amaneuvering

There's no such things as curses. Accidents happen and that's all there is to it. Please stop all this stupid hocus pocus mumbo jumbo crap. It's no wonder we have all grown up with such distorted views of the world when we get idiotic beliefs like this thrown at us left right and center.

Narutofan30
Narutofan30

I saw the game it was pretty funny.........

pure_impact
pure_impact

madden definitely needs to go back on the cover. this stuff is not coincidental. look out larry your NEXT!

grungeman91
grungeman91

Why don't they just put the team who wins AFC Vs NFC Pro Bowl on the cover, It would be every star player from that conference on the sidelines for injury if that ever happened

Tombackman_5
Tombackman_5

They should put Madden back on the cover.

SocialAnXieTy
SocialAnXieTy

@ ShadowXStorm I never said I believed in the curse, I said that it's not entirely impossible. Besides, if GameSpot didn't want 'superstition' all over their site, why the hell did they write this article? That destroys the purpose entirely, and leaves me frustrated that my posts got deleted due to my having an open mind. This site is getting worse by the day.

Superj728
Superj728

@RadTad62 the lions are just bad lol been their story for how long now !! XD

thundaro
thundaro

bah as awesome and downright monstrous as Polamalu is I still look for the Steelers to be dominant this year or at least one of the very top teams mainly b/c their D is just so well put together and organized they can and will still be one of the top Ds in the league:) Anyway the curse is made up and has been goin on longer than what GS has listed here, but its still made up and ridiculous

Realiz29
Realiz29

81shoter: Cause then Madden will kick the bucket. He is pretty old you know.

Dreski83
Dreski83

Seriously... this whole curse thing is starting to creep me out. Hopefully Fitz can stay healthy

offroaddan
offroaddan

BRONCOS WIN WITHOUT CUTLER BEARS LOSE WITH CUTLER PRICELESS LOL

81shoter
81shoter

why not just put john madden back in the cover...solve this thing about players getting hurt!!!

Cutler06
Cutler06

If they put an up and comer instead of whoever was hot the season before, it wouldn't be so hard for the player to match their previous successful year. Not a great marketing ploy, but it would end the Madden Curse.

Zoomer30
Zoomer30

What I want to see is Madden 2011 with Farve and A. Peterson on the front cover. That I would collect.

pigman239
pigman239

that's what you get for being on the cover of madden. when will they learn

Dimsos
Dimsos

I still believe that is a coincidence but the only fact that it can be true doesnt get out of my mind neither so.. for now... bad luck.

Toro_Nev
Toro_Nev

wow, thats just really, really, really bad luck D=

Scooter540
Scooter540

I still don't believe in cover curses but man that's some bad luck for cover athletes this year.Polamalu injured,NHL 10 cover athlete Patrick Kane arrested.....tiger woods has done well though,he's always on the cover of his game's and he's had fairly decent luck haha.

Flint247
Flint247

Curses exist but not this one. What? Don't like my opinion?