The five 99-rated players in Madden 21have been revealed, and although the players added this year aren't necessarily surprising, there are some notable absences to the list. Without further ado, here are this year's entries into the Madden 99 Club.
Fresh off leading the Kansas City Chiefs to a Super Bowl win and signing a contract making him the first half-billion-dollar athlete in the sports world, Patrick Mahomes has been announced as the first member of the exclusive "99 Club" in Madden 21! As last year's Madden cover athlete, Mahomes reached the "99 Club" in late September after just 20 career games played. However, this year the bouncers (EA Ratings Adjustors) have let him in the " 99 Club" on Day 1, and rightfully so!
The Carolina Panther is coming off a Pro Bowl season that saw him rack up over 2300+ total yards from scrimmage and 19 total TDs. Like Mahomes yesterday, this is McCaffrey's second year making the 99 Club, but his first year being rated 99 on day one. "Run CMC" is the first halfback since Adrian Peterson in Madden 25 (2014) to earn 99 Club honors.
Fresh off a monster 2019 NFL Season that saw him win AP Offensive Player of the Year honors, Michael Thomas rounds out the 99 Club for Madden 21! Last season, Thomas led the league in both receptions (149) and yards (1,725). His 99 Catching and 98 Catch in Traffic ratings seem appropriate given his eye-popping 80.5% catch percentage as Drew Brees' favorite target in the pass-heavy Saints offense.
Marking his fourth consecutive year achieving the honor, Rams DT/DE Aaron Donald joins Patrick Mahomes and Christian McCaffrey in Madden 21's "99 Club". Today's news comes as no real surprise considering just last year Donald was voted as the #1 player in the NFL Top 100 of 2019 by his peers. With a 99 rating in Power Move, Play Recognition, and Strength, expect to see plenty of Aaron Donald plowing through the line at your QB in Madden 21.
With 99 ratings in Man Coverage, Press, and Awareness, Gilmore is the definition of a lockdown corner in Madden 21. While leading the top-rated defense in the league during the 2019 NFL season, Gilmore recorded a league-leading 6 interceptions and returned 2 for touchdowns. He is also the first cornerback since Richard Sherman in 2015 to receive a 99 overall rating in Madden and enter the club.