LA Rams’ Aaron Donald: Five-time Madden 22 club 99 member

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Cheat code. LA Rams Aaron Donald is the equivalent of a cheat code in Madden. Whether it was Madden 20, or last year’s Madden 21, Aaron Donald is simply too good for the game.

Whether you play 2021’s Madden 22 or not, you gotta’ respect, doff your cap and acknowledge greatness when you encounter it. This leads us to the following recent stat: five straight years now for LA Rams‘ Aaron Donald to reach a perfect Madden rating of 99.

Because in gaming circles,  it means he’s the cat’s meow, the top of the heap with a perfect score. Membership in the 99 Club means you’re among the must-have, (no, gotta-have) elite, a most highly coveted player you can nab for your team when the next version of the Madden 22 game launches on August 20, 2021.

Honk! Honk! New off-season award coming through! Make a hole and make it wide!

Time to squeeze yet another one in the trophy case  (for what must undoubtedly be one monstrously humongous oversized, – Super-sized? – trophy case) at The Donalds’ home by now.

Five, count ’em, five straight years, dating back to 2018. Welcome to the #99 Club, indeed. That real estate belongs to you. Five straight years now you’ve planted your flag atop that mountain-top.

Five straight years recording double-digit sacks, NFL Defensive Player of the Year three times in the last four years, and racking up 85.5 career sacks will do that for you.

And of course, the NFL acknowledging the feat as well.

And while the offense is the name of the game in Madden (in the entire NFL, or so it seems), defense matters a bit, too, ‘ cuz you gotta’ get a few stops of your opponent. Sacks are nice, too.

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And speaking of defense, could we possibly see LA Rams’ defensive back Jalen Ramsey also join Donald and become the Rams’ second member of the 99 Club? ‘Cuz when you look up the definition of “shutdown corner,”  his picture is right there beside Darrell Revis, of Revis Island fame.

And after five years as a member of such an elite group, could it even be conceivable that Donald might someday actually grace the cover of Madden? Achieve the ultimate? Nah, seems rather unlikely even if he got 30 sacks in a season. Seems like it’s always gonna be an offensive player – a quarterback, running back, or a wide receiver.  Kinda’ like the Heisman rarely goes to a defensive player.

Girls only dig the guys that hit dingers.  (As they say in baseball)

Donald actually joins Green Bay WR Davonte Adams to be the second player named to the 99 Club thus far for Madden 22. But why stop there? Why not give the guy who hits it five successive seasons that impossible 100 level?

But here’s one vote, one voice in the wilderness to say Donald richly deserves to grace the Madden cover.

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Consistent excellence oughta count for something.

Actually, let it begin here, begin with me: Give that man a Madden cover already!