With Madden NFL 24 scheduled for release on August 18, the video game titan recently announced the ratings of each player featured in this year’s edition.
When these ratings are released, there’s always one question on everyone’s mind: Who’s in the 99 Club?
Firstly, Madden’s 99 Club is the name given to the group of players rated 99 overall, the highest possible, in the game. In last year’s Madden, four players were members of the 99 Club – Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald, Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Davante Adams, Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett, and San Francisco 49ers offensive tackle Trent Williams.
This year, five players are rated 99 overall:
The five players in the 99 Club for Madden 24 🎮
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Justin Jefferson, Wide Receiver, Minnesota Vikings
The first player Madden revealed as a member of the 99 Club was receiver Justin Jefferson, who finished the 2022 season with 128 catches for 1,809 yards and eight touchdowns, leading the league in receptions and receiving yards.
Arguably the NFL’s best receiver, Jefferson is the only pass catcher to be rated 99 overall this year, with the Miami Dolphins’ Tyreek Hill earning a 98 rating and the Raiders’ Davante Adams (rated 99 overall last year) earning a 97. Jefferson made the third Pro Bowl appearance of his career last season and won the league’s Offensive Player of the Year Award.
Aaron Donald, Defensive Tackle, Los Angeles Rams
Madden announced that the second member of the 99 Club was Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald – the only defensive player to have a 99 overall rating this year. The three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award winner totalled just five sacks and 49 combined tackles last season, but his campaign was cut short due to injury.
Donald, who was selected to his ninth career Pro Bowl last season, has been rated 99 overall for the seventh time in Madden history, breaking former Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning’s record, who was a member of the 99 Club six times.
Zack Martin, Guard, Dallas Cowboys
The only offensive lineman selected to Madden’s 99 Club this year was the Dallas Cowboys’ Zack Martin. Starting all 17 regular season games last season for the Cowboys, Martin was an integral part of one of the league’s best offenses – and was selected to his eighth Pro Bowl in nine NFL seasons.
Martin is the first guard to be a member of the 99 Club since another Dallas Cowboy, Hall of Famer Larry Allen, was rated 99 overall in Madden 2003.
Travis Kelce, Tight End, Kansas City Chiefs
Finishing the 2022 season with 110 receptions for 1,338 yards and 12 touchdowns, the Chiefs’ Travis Kelce is widely considered the best tight end in the NFL today, so, unsurprisingly, the eight-time Pro Bowler has become a 99 Club member for the fourth time in his career.
Helping Kansas City win their second Super Bowl in four seasons, Kelce scored the Chiefs’ opening touchdown in Super Bowl LVII, finishing with six total catches for 81 yards, as his team defeated the Philadelphia Eagles, 38-35.
Patrick Mahomes, Quarterback, Kansas City Chiefs
After Patrick Mahomes’ incredible 2022 season, his inclusion in this year’s 99 Club was all but a formality.
Seen as the best quarterback, and player, in football, Mahomes was named to his fifth career Pro Bowl and won the league MVP and Super Bowl MVP awards – becoming the first player to win both in the same year since St. Louis Rams quarterback Kurt Warner did so in the 1999 season.
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The two-time NFL MVP led the league in passing touchdowns, with 41, and passing yards, with 5,250, in 2022. He is also the only quarterback with an overall rating above 96, and only three other quarterbacks have a rating of over 90 in Madden NFL 24 – the Cincinnati Bengals’ Joe Burrow (95), the Buffalo Bills’ Josh Allen (94), and the Baltimore Ravens’ Lamar Jackson (91).
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