Madden 99 Club was launched last year as part of Madden NFL 19. And this year for Madden 20, a new crop of four 99ers has been announced.
What is significant about 99? A 99 OVR is the highest rating possible in Madden. During the season, ratings are updated on a weekly basis based on the real-life player performance and skill set, so attributes like Speed, Catch, and Tackle are all accounted for.
For Madden 20, EA Sports announced four Madden 99 ranked players:
- Bobby Wagner
- Aaron Donald
- Khalil Mack
- DeAndre Hopkins (Read our egg-ceptional interview w DeAndre here)
The ratings in modern Madden fluctuate, thanks to the advent of online servers. These ratings used to be locked for the year and now move a bit as the season goes along depending on how players play. Which is why in Madden 19, Bears defensive stud Kahlil Mack and Saints QB Drew Brees were upgraded to 99 ratings during the season.
So that got me thinking; out of all the versions of Madden for the last 20+ years, back to 1998, how many 99 OVR ratings had been given out? And, did you know that Madden used to give ratings of 100?
Ready for a run through history? Here is the full list, by year and version of the game starting with Madden 1999:
Madden 1999 Player Ratings
Madden 99 Club: TE Ben Coates (Patriots), C Dermontti Dawson (Steelers), OG Randall McDaniel (Vikings), OG Larry Allen (Cowboys), OG Mark Schlereth (Broncos), OT Jonathan Ogden (Ravens), OT Willie Roaf (Saints), DE Bruce Smith (Bills), DE Neil Smith (Broncos), DE Reggie White (Packers), DE Tony Brackens (Jaguars), MLB Ken Norton Jr. (49ers), CB Jason Sehorn (Giants), K Morten Andersen (Falcons)
Madden 2000 Player Ratings
Madden 2001 Player Ratings
Madden 99 Club: None
The game featured no players with a 99 OVR rating, however it had a few players with the highest rating of 96 OVR.
Madden 2002 Player Ratings
Madden 2003 Player Ratings
Madden 2004 Player Ratings
Madden 2005 Player Ratings
Madden 2006 Player Ratings
Madden 2007 Player Ratings
Madden 99 Club: QB Peyton Manning (Colts), FB Lorenzo Neal (Chargers), TE Antonio Gates (Chargers), LT Walter Jones (Seahawks), FS Ed Reed (Ravens), CB Champ Bailey (Broncos), P Shane Lechler (Raiders)
Madden 2008 Player Ratings
Madden 2009 Player Ratings
Madden 2010 Player Ratings
Madden 2011 Player Ratings
Madden 2012 Player Ratings
Madden 2013 Player Ratings
Madden 2014 Player Ratings (Called Madden NFL 25 since it was the 15th year EA Sports released the game)
Madden 2015 Player Ratings
Madden 2016 Player Ratings
Madden 2017 Player Ratings
Madden 2018 Player Ratings
Madden 2019 Player Ratings
Madden 99 Club: QB Tom Brady (Patriots), TE Rob Gronkowski (Patriots), QB Aaron Rodgers (Packers), WR Antonio Brown (Steelers), DT Aaron Donald (Rams), Von Miller (Broncos), LB Luke Kuechly (Panthers), Kahlil Mack (Bears), and QB Drew Brees (Saints)