you could also say there is no curse on the kennedy family - and that may be more of a political conspiracy then voodoo, but something seems to be going on
as i said, part of the curse is the LOGICAL conclusion that after a year in which you have 370 carries you are banged up, and due for an injury - it is just stress on your body
if the more scientific fact was that the madden cover stud typically can't repeat after a career year, and his body is beaten up and due for an injury, wouldn't you consider that a "warning sign" to possibly avoid that person? look at manning after his record breaking year - ended up good, but started off really bad and cost many people a playoff spot due to a bad start
you don't have to believe the voodoo of it all, but there is SOMETHING to it that most likely has a reasonable explanation, as it has been stated here many times
as far as eddie george (2001):
The 2001 cover of Madden NFL featured Tennessee Titans running back Eddie George, who the previous year had led his team to the Super Bowl (where they came up just short against the St. Louis Rams). Although George enjoyed his best season ever (in terms of yards gained rushing and touchdowns scored) in 2000, he bobbled a pass (that was subsequently intercepted and returned for a touchdown) in the Titans' season-ending Divisional Playoff loss to the Baltimore Ravens, and the following season, hampered by injuries, he saw his rushing average sink to an all-time low.
barry sanders (2000):
As events turned out, Sanders didn't play a single down during the 1999-2000 season (or ever again), shocking the Lions by abruptly announcing his retirement and ending his ten-year career just before the start of training camp that summer.
Since Barry Sanders quit well before the start of the 1999 regular season, EA Sports had enough time to substitute a different graphic on the packaging of later shipments of Madden NFL 2000. The newer covers replaced the Madden/Sanders combination with a picture of Green Bay Packers running back Dorsey Levens, who spearheaded a Packers team that had just played in three straight NFC Championship Games and back-to-back Super Bowls. Although Levens performed reasonably well in 1999, he was bothered by a bad knee that he had re-injured the previous year, and Green Bay finished out of the playoff picture with a so-so 8-8 record. Levens was used only in a reserve role after that, and the Packers released him at the end of the 2001 season.
ray lewis (2005):
In 2004, Lewis failed (for the only time in his NFL career) to record even a single interception and sat out the final game of the season with an injury as the Ravens just missed qualifying for the playoffs at 9-7, and in 2005 he suffered a torn right hamstring in Baltimore's sixth game and missed the rest of the season as the Ravens dropped to 6-10.
and those aren't even the most compelling stories
would i have taken SA had he fallen to me? SURE would i have taken him at #1 or #2? probably not