So when was the hex actually broken? You can't go wrong with this past year, Megatron (Calvin Johnson) was on the cover and set the NFL record for receiving yards in a season. But we'll go back even farther to oh....year two.
On the cover of Madden 2001 was Tennessee Titans' running back Eddie George (he was the second actual football player on the cover after John Madden's eleven year reign of terror) he had almost 2,000 yards from scrimmage that season. In the AFC playoffs he lost a fumble to future cover man Ray Lewis. That was the cherry picked evidence we were referring to in that last slide. One bad play does not a season make. Besides the standard to break the curse can't be that you have to win a Super Bowl every year.