The origin of the curse dates back to 1998, when the first cover starring a professional player would be seen, since previously it was always John Madden himself who would make an appearance in it. In this case it was Garrison Hearst, running back for the San Francisco 49ers. He had broken the record for total yards in a season. The year after appearing on the cover of Madden 99, he suffered one of the most horrible ankle injuries ever seen.
Daunte Culpepper, who appeared