Madden 23 hits home run with Tom Brady player rating

Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /

Madden 23 unveiled its initial ratings for their top ten NFL quarterbacks. Fortunately for Buccaneers fans, they hit the nail on the head when it comes to Tom Brady and his rating along with his ranking on the list.

What Tom Brady has been able to do at this stage of his career defies all logic and science. Honestly, the same can be said for the ENTIRETY of his career as well. Luckily, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the ones currently reaping the benefits of the GOAT doing GOAT things. At age 44, going on age 45, Brady is (still) arguably the best quarterback in the entire NFL.

Madden and EA Sports appear to think the same thing of Tom Brady.

EA Sports has been periodically releasing player ratings for their Madden 23 edition of the game, appropriately and splendidly having John Madden himself grace the cover. As one of the GOATs himself, it’s fitting that the game once again gracing his likeness has the GOAT as the number one rated quarterback in the NFL.

Now, of course, the obvious gripe is that Brady should be a 99. We won’t go that route though, at his age and current stage of his career they have to throw us mere mortals some sort of bone so 97 will suffice. Besides, he’s still the best. It also provides further support that he was robbed of the MVP award last season. However, that song has already been sung and there’s no sense crying over spilled milk now.

Madden has been criticized heavily in recent years, and most of it warranted considering that it’s been nothing more than an annual roster update with more and more emphasis going into Ultimate Team and Franchise mode falling by the wayside. It’s still never matched ESPN NFL 2K5 (which this writer still owns), but that’s also the last time they had any competition to go against.

The fact of the matter is, Madden got this one right and did right by Tom Brady. The silver lining for the rest of the NFL is it’s one less piece of material for his bulletin board. So there’s that.