Madden 99 Club was initially launched as part of Madden NFL 19. Last year for Madden 21 prior to start of the NFL season, four more players earned the distinction.
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.
10/7/21 UPDATE: Tom Brady has joined the Madden 99 Club!
After his game-winning 66-yard field goal to beat the Lions in Week 3, Justin Tucker is a 99 in Madden 22 for a limited time.
7/26/21: The first Madden 22 “99 Club” member was announced. And it is Packers WR DaVante Adams!
And after a BEASTLY 2020 season, Madden got this one right.
Adams had a historic season in 2020. He led the league in receiving touchdowns for the season. His 18 receiving touchdowns were the most since Randy Moss had 23 in 2007.
And, tied a single-season franchise record with Sterling Sharpe’s 1994 season. His 115 receptions set a franchise best, usurping Sharpe’s 1993 season.
Madden 22 player ratings are slated to be announced all week. This week we will find out the 99 Club members for Madden 22.
7/27/21: For the 5th year in a row, Aaron Donald is in the 99 Club!
Donald was named 2020 NFL Defensive Player of the Year for the third time in four years. He is one of the greatest defensive players in NFL history.
7/28/21: Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce is the third member in the 99 Club!
In 2020, Kelce became the first tight end to have two 100-catch seasons. Kelce set the single-season yardage record for a tight end with 1,416, topping the 1,377 yards posted by George Kittle in 2018.
7/29/21: Rams lock-down CB Jalen Ramsey is the fourth member in the 99 Club!
The highest paid defensive back in NFL history now has the most illustrious of all awards 0 99 Club.
7/30/21: Patrick Mahomes is the fifth member of the 99 Club. Possibly the lowest level of intrigue for a player, ever, considering he is on the Madden 22 cover.
Do you think reigning NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers is pressed about this? I can see him threatening to retire from Madden if he doesn’t get his way. 😂😂😂
For Madden 21, EA Sports announced four Madden 99 ranked players before the season:
- Christian McCaffrey
- Aaron Donald
- Michael Thomas
- Stephon Gilmore
And added Seahawks QB Russell Wilson on 10/15/2020. And re-added Cardinals WR DeAndre Hopkins on 11/19/2020. Prior to his Hail Mary game-winner against the Bills, Hopkins was a 98. Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce was added on 12/10/2020. Packers WR Devonte Adams was added 12/30/2020.
For Madden 20, EA Sports announced four Madden 99 ranked players before the season — and added Patrick Mahomes on 9/26, Christian McCaffrey on 11/21, and Michael Thomas on 12/23:
- 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)
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