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History of Madden

Madden NFL 2002

The feared "Madden Curse" — whereby appearing on Madden's cover seems to increase a player's risk of injury — struck for the first time in 2001, when cover athlete Daunte Culpepper suffered a knee injury that knocked him out for the last five games of the NFL season.