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Jared Allen Among Madden Cover Contenders … So Vote For The Other Guys!

Posted by Ryan Cardinal on February 4, 2010 – 9:41 am

Usually here on vikings.com, when a Vikings player is up for a fan vote, we encourage fans of the Purple to head over to whatever site the vote is being held on and vote away for said Viking.

Not in this case.

Yesterday, EA Sports and Doritos announced that, instead of naming the player that would be on the cover of the next edition of the popular Madden video game around the time of the Super Bowl, they are now going to let fans vote on who should be on the cover.  The choices this year are Saints QB Drew Brees, Colts WR Reggie Wayne, and Vikings DE Jared Allen.

Now, as cool as it would seem to have a Viking grace the cover of one of the best-selling video games on a yearly basis,  most people are now aware of the “Madden cover jinx” and therefore we are encouraging all Vikings fans to cast their votes for Brees or Wayne by clicking here.

A quick Google search will illustrate the jinx.  Here is a look back at the proof:

Madden 99 – Garrison Hearst

This was the first year that a player — and not John Madden himself — graced the cover.  Hearst, a running back for the 49ers at the time, had a great regular season, but suffered a nasty ankle injury in the playoffs that caused him to miss the next TWO full seasons.

Madden 2000 – Barry Sanders

Sanders didn’t have a chance to get hurt during the season in which he graced the cover since he — seemingly out of nowhere — retired before training camp started that season.

Madden 2001 – Eddie George

For former Titans runner broke the trend and actually had a pretty good season in 2000, but then his career dropped off the following season and was never the same player again.

Madden 2002 – Daunte Culpepper

The last Viking to grace the cover, Culpepper had thrown for 33 touchdowns the season before, but during the season in which he was on the cover, he tossed just 14 touchdown passes, missed five games, and the Vikings finished 5-11.

Madden 2003 – Marshall Faulk

Faulk was coming off a season where he had over 2,000 combined yards and over 20 touchdowns.  But, as the cover boy, he started just ten games and had about 1,400 total yards and ten touchdowns.

Madden 2004 – Mike Vick

Vick was one of the league’s top dogs the year before and thus earned the nod as the cover guy for Madden, but he broke his leg during a preseason game and missed 11 games.  I think he may have had some off-the-field issues later on in his career as well.

Madden 2005 – Ray Lewis

Lewis was the first ever defensive player to be on the cover, and he pretty much avoided the curse, though his numbers were slightly down from the prior season.  He did miss several games the following season with an injury.

Madden 2006 – Donovan McNabb

McNabb was injured after week nine and missed the rest of the season, and Eagles missed the playoffs for the first time since the 1999 season, finishing 6-10.

Madden 2007 – Shaun Alexander

Alexander had nearly 2,000 yards the season before and 28 touchdowns, but in 2006, he missed six games due to an injury, scored just seven touchdowns, and his yards per carry dropped by 1.5 yards.  He was never a factor in the NFL again.

Madden 2008 – Vince Young

After winning the Rookie of the Year award in 2006, Young following that up by throwing for just nine touchdowns and 17 interceptions in 2007.

Madden 2009 – Brett Favre

Favre almost pulled a Barry Sanders in terms of retiring before the game was released, but he of course made his way to New York to play for the Jets.  He hurt his shoulder late in the season and the Jets missed the playoffs.

Madden 2010 – Larry Fitzgerald / Troy Polamalu

Fitzgerald has almost 400 less receiving yards than the season before, but the real story here is Polamalu, who suffered a knee injury during the opening game of the season and though he played in a handful of games the rest of the way, he was not the same force that he had been up to this season.


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19 Responses to “Jared Allen Among Madden Cover Contenders … So Vote For The Other Guys!”

  1. By Robin S. on Feb 4, 2010 | Reply

    I will vote for Drew Brees many times. I hope it works again! Love the Vikings!

  2. By Vikings Fan from Afar (West) on Feb 4, 2010 | Reply

    Jared Allen, like Ray Lewis, is immune to curses and jinxes and all that junk.

  3. By Dillon T on Feb 4, 2010 | Reply

    Yeah Allen is super man

  4. By Douglas Que on Feb 4, 2010 | Reply

    I’m surprised they didn’t give it to Peyton Manning. The whole league is on his d*ck. If anyone remembers Peyton was horrible in the playoffs. He threw INT and the Colts were usually a one and done team. Even when they finally won that Super Bowl in 2006 they went back to being 1 and done in the playoffs losing to Chargers twice. Manning’s good in the regular season, he always manage to win 12+ games but people are forgetting that he couldn’t win a playoff game. For a QB and his team that wins 12 games a year and always make the playoff for the past 11 years but only has ONE Super Bowl appearance: I guess what I’m saying is why is the league saying that Peyton Manning is the best? I wasn’t gonna root for the Saints but I hope they knock his ass out like Warner and Favre and he throws 3 INT like Brady. Anyone have any thoughts?….(I brought it up because people are STILL talking about the Brett Favre INT)

  5. By TW Vike on Feb 4, 2010 | Reply

    Peyton will smoke the Aints, no problem. Colts 44 Aints 17. Done deal.

  6. By Kris R. on Feb 4, 2010 | Reply

    Of course Favre came to the Vikings the following season–so was it really a curse?—hmmmmmmm—maybe not so much!

    Come back Brett!!! Skol Vikes!!

  7. By AHaz55 on Feb 4, 2010 | Reply

    wow you are being so super stitious about this?? reggie wayne i wouldnt mind being on the cover but seriously voting for drew brees!?! you arent a true vikings fan if u vote against jerrid allen!

  8. By vikingcole on Feb 4, 2010 | Reply

    i voted for drew brees already ;)

  9. By vikingcole on Feb 4, 2010 | Reply

    u arent a true Vikings fan if u spell Jared Allen’s name wrong…

  10. By Robin S. on Feb 4, 2010 | Reply

    Please don’t vote for Jared because of the curse. Vote for Drew. We love Jared and don’t want anything bad to happen to him. He seems like Superman but he is human. Douglas you are right about Peyton and all of his interceptions. He had a lot this year and everyone still thinks he is so great. Peyton and Tom Brady both through a lot of interceptions but people don’t say much about them. Brett only through 7 during the regular year and was better then any of them but every time he throws an interception they go off on him and make a big deal out of it. Brett was the best quarterback this year and it sure was fun to watch. He should have won quarterback of the year since he started with a new team and played so incredibly well. Also, doing it at age 40! He is incredible! Love to all of you Vikings. Brett, please come back for your Super Bowl win and the love of your team mates and the game. Thanks for a great year.

  11. By mike on Feb 5, 2010 | Reply

    put Bree’s on the cover we all know when Favre comes back for another the Vikings are not going to let it slip away this time they shouldve beat the Saint’s by over 20 points I say it like this they were so good they beat the Saint’s and beat themselves come next year is a whole new story and we will see the Viking’s in the Super Bowl

  12. By shawn on Feb 5, 2010 | Reply

    For the love of… Can’t anybody on this comment board spell? GO BACK TO SCHOOL YOU CHUMPS!!

    Vote for Brees. That way, when the Vikings face them again, they’ll break both his legs and get revenge for all the late hits they put on Favre a couple weeks ago. If Brees has the curse, it will only help. Maybe Allen will even succeed in ripping his legs off and eating them like chicken wings.

    The Saints are going to pay dearly for their below-the-belt play. Dearly, Indeed!

  13. By FD3Seven on Feb 5, 2010 | Reply

    Put the entire Saints and Titans teams on the cover. I hate those 2 teams.

  14. By TW Vike on Feb 5, 2010 | Reply

    shawn- I agree, but we dont need CHEAP SHOTS to beat the Aints! We are the BEST team in the ENTIRE NFL! GO VIKINGS!

  15. By Randy on Feb 5, 2010 | Reply

    Shawn i agree with you…..the saints will pay dearly……this Sunday! the colts are going to stomp them…..

  16. By paul on Feb 5, 2010 | Reply

    Vikingcole, Is there such a thing as a true Viking Fan?

    The battle cry for a Viking Fan= WAAAAAH

    GO SAINTS

  17. By TW Vike on Feb 6, 2010 | Reply

    paula- Your brother wants to play hide the weeny !

  18. By paul on Feb 6, 2010 | Reply

    yo- tw vike now we all know what tw stands for. tiny weeny

  19. By TW Vike on Feb 7, 2010 | Reply

    paul- Thats not true, just ask your wife.

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