Immediately following the release of Madden NFL 2004, Michael Vick broke his leg in a preseason game and didn’t return until there were just five games left in the season. The injury spurred a serious debate about the necessity of the preseason, and the Madden jinx was suddenly being discussed everywhere. (EA Sports; Al Tielemans, Bob Rosato/SI)
GALLERY: The Madden Cover Curse

Immediately following the release of Madden NFL 2004, Michael Vick broke his leg in a preseason game and didn’t return until there were just five games left in the season. The injury spurred a serious debate about the necessity of the preseason, and the Madden jinx was suddenly being discussed everywhere. (EA Sports; Al Tielemans, Bob Rosato/SI)

GALLERY: The Madden Cover Curse