New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas has earned one more distinct designation to help his case as the best wideout in the NFL: a near perfect Madden rating. Thomas has joined the elusive “99” overall club for the upcoming Madden 21 edition of the gaming franchise.
“Saints WR Michael Thomas joins Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes, Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey, Rams DT Aaron Donald and Patriots CB Stephon Gilmore as members of this year’s Madden 99 Club,” ESPN's Adam Schefter tweeted on Friday morning.
Saints WR Michael Thomas joins Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes, Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey, Rams DT Aaron Donald and Patriots CB Stephon Gilmore as members of this year’s Madden 99 Club. pic.twitter.com/y7fU0SHtOo
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 17, 2020
As Schefter's tweet highlights, Thomas's Madden avatar also has an elite 99 catching rating, 98 catch-in traffic rating, and a 99 rating for short route running.
The official Madden NFL 21 Twitter account shared a video of Thomas to go along with the ratings announcement. In the video, Thomas finds a “99 Club” box from EA Sports, complete with a gold chain featuring a “99” engraving and an exclusive copy of the new game.
“Thank you EA Sports, I'm really grateful and I appreciate it a lot,” Thomas said. “99 in real life, 99 on the game.”
99 in real life, 99 on the game… @Cantguardmike 😏#99Club #Madden21 pic.twitter.com/IyqGa18lMj
— Madden NFL 23 (@EAMaddenNFL) July 17, 2020
The 27-year old Thomas has been catching passes from quarterback Drew Brees in New Orleans since 2016, but truly separated himself from the rest of the pack in 2019. Thomas broke an NFL single-season receptions record with 149 catches, producing 1725 yards and nine TDs. He earned AP Offensive Player of the Year honors—becoming the second wide receiver ever to win the award, and first since San Francisco 49ers legend Jerry Rice in 1993. So far in his career, Thomas is averaging 87.5 receiving yards per game, and his 470 receptions is the most in history through a player's first four seasons.
Madden NFL 21 drops on Aug. 25.