Quarterback Robert Griffin III achieved an incredible amount in his first year with the Washington Redskins.
He led the team to its first NFC East title since 1999, was named AP Offensive Rookie of the Year over some of the best playmakers to debut in the league in years, and broke the NFL record for most jerseys sold in a single year.
Griffin III is a winner, we know that much and while No. 10 would never want to come up on the losing end of anything, after not being voted into the Madden 25 cover vote Final Four its safe to say he might be okay with being booted out.
Now that the Burgundy and Gold’s captain has steer cleared of an assignment on the dubious cover, find out just how “bad” the Madden Curse has been through the years.
So there you have it, official confirmation that NFL MVP Adrian Peterson has stepped over Griffin III into a semifinals matchup against Houston Texans running back Arian Foster.
Growing up, Madden was always my go to game on a rainy day or if I had nothing else to do. At the time I knew about the curse but never thought much of it.
In 1999, the video game started having players, selected by manufacturer EA Sports, to be on the cover of the annual virtual football experience.
And what can only be considered a legitimate curse, players begin seeing dips in their performances, perennial Super Bowl contenders failed to live up to preseason expectations, and some players even retired when they saw their likeness plastered on the cover!
Examples include, but are not limited to:
1999: Garrison Hearst-broken ankle, missed two years.
2000: Barry Sanders-retired.
2006: Donovan McNabb-missed the last six games with an injury.
2009: Brett Favre-retired, only to come back out of retirement and failed to lead his team to the playoffs.
Do I really need to continue?
I think not.
Griffin III may one day appear on the cover, but until it has been proven that the curse is officially broken, we are pleased that it avoided No. 10 this go around.
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