Madden NFL 21 Starts Naming 99 Club Members, Starting With Former Cover Star

Madden NFL 21 has started naming inductees into its “99 Club” as it continues the rollout of this year’s player rankings. The first inductee is Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes–last year’s cover athlete and Super Bowl MVP.

The 99 Club is named after the highest overall rating possible in a Madden game. From the already small pool of players with a sky-high rating, EA selects a few elite players as members of the 99 Club. Mahomes was an obvious choice as an inductee, as he was the winning Super Bowl QB and MVP last year. In doing so he even defied the so-called Madden curse.

EA is rolling out its player ratings for the entire league in advance of the release of Madden NFL 21. It began with the rookie quarterback ratings last week, and those maxed out at 76. That made Joe Burrow of the Cincinnati Bengals the top-rated rookie QB, but still a far cry from the elite 99 Club.

This year’s Madden NFL cover athlete is Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson. He was the unanimous NFL MVP last year, only the second player to receive that honor after Tom Brady. That makes him another likely pick for a 99 Club inductee, but we won’t know until EA reveals more player ratings.

Madden NFL 21 is coming on August 28 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. It will also be coming to the next-gen PS5 and Xbox Series X, with free upgrades for current-gen owners through EA’s Dual Entitlement program. For more details check out our Madden NFL 21 pre-order guide.

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