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Every 'Madden' cover athlete, from least to most cursed

FOXSports Logo By Cameron DaSilva of FOXSports | Slide 1 of 18: Making the cover of Madden is an honor. It’s also a curse – quite literally. Since NFL stars have been gracing the front of the video game's packaging, they’ve also been hit with injuries, poor seasons and inexplicable reasons for their play declining. It happened to players like Shaun Alexander and Michael Vick, and most recently, Rob Gronkowski.While some players have been able to avoid the curse, it’s still a very real phenomenon. Patriots fans have to be hopeful that it doesn’t hit their team for a second straight season, even if New England was able to overcome Gronk’s absence to win the Super Bowl. Losing Tom Brady won’t be quite as forgiving.We’ve gone through every Madden cover to prominently feature an NFL star since 2001 and ranked them based on how much the curse impacted their subsequent season.

Making the cover of Madden is an honor. It’s also a curse – quite literally. Since NFL stars have been gracing the front of the video game's packaging, they’ve also been hit with injuries, poor seasons and inexplicable reasons for their play declining. It happened to players like Shaun Alexander and Michael Vick, and most recently, Rob Gronkowski.

While some players have been able to avoid the curse, it’s still a very real phenomenon. Patriots fans have to be hopeful that it doesn’t hit their team for a second straight season, even if New England was able to overcome Gronk’s absence to win the Super Bowl. Losing Tom Brady won’t be quite as forgiving.

We’ve gone through every Madden cover to prominently feature an NFL star since 2001 and ranked them based on how much the curse impacted their subsequent season.

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