Not just the best or the best of the best, but the best of the best of the best.
“Madden” and its long-standing tradition of giving the NFL’s best the highest possible rating continues with the next game, scheduled to release Aug. 20. But the invitations for the extremely exclusive 99 club have already begun.
Packers wide receiver Davante Adams was named the first member of the 2022 club on July 26, with more announcements for players expected this week. Adams wasn’t named to the pre-season 99 club last year, but finished the year at a 99 overall in the game.
Adams is coming off a tremendous year with the Packers: The wideout snagged 18 touchdowns and 1,374 yards with Green Bay last year, perhaps one of this last in Wisconsin; the two sides recently broke off contract extension talks heading into the 2021 season, and he’ll be a free agent after the year.
Well, at least Adams has a club he’ll always be part of, and he’ll have some elite company: Aaron Donald was once again named a member of the 99 Club, along with Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, Patrick Mahomes and Rams DB Jalen Ramsey.
Here are the initial members of this year’s 99 overall club:
Madden 22 99 Club
Davante Adams, Packers
Davante Adams was the first member announced for “Madden 22’s” 99 Club on Monday, July 26.
Adams was named a member of the 99 Club in last year’s edition of the game, but he wasn’t a preseason member. Instead, he was added in December after reaching a 99 overall in-season rating.
Aaron Donald, Rams
No surprises here. One of the most dominant defensive players in the entire NFL makes his return to the 99 Club. It’s the fifth-straight “Madden” that Donald is rated a 99 overall.
Donald is coming off another Defensive Player of the Year award, during a season in which he had 13 1/2 sacks for Los Angeles.
Travis Kelce, Chiefs
The best tight end in football gets the best rating in “Madden.”
Kelce was named to the 99 Club on Wednesday, his first preseason 99 overall rating (he was given a 99 overall rating in December of 2020).
Jalen Ramsey, Rams
The lockdown cornerback has locked down the best rating in the game, with Ramsey joining the 99 Club on Thursday, July 29.
It’s the first time Ramsey has earned the top overall rating in the game, and with good reason: Ramsey was named to his second first-team All-Pro team in 2020 in a monster season for Los Angeles.
Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs
Might as well just give him the 100 overall at this point.
Mahomes once again is the best of the best of the best when it comes to “Madden” quarterbacks, with the KC passer once again earning a jacket and joining the 99 Club. It’s Mahomes’ third appearance in the 99 Club.