After being named the NFL Offensive Player of the Year in 2019, New Orleans Saints wide receiver was welcomed into the Madden 21 ’99 Club’ on Friday, becoming the fifth and final member for this year’s edition of the popular video game franchise.
— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) July 17, 2020
Thomas joins Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald, and New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore in the ’99 Club.’
CAN’T. GUARD. MIKE.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 17, 2020
Thomas got the news about his induction into the ’99 Club’ on his way to play a game of pool with his barber after getting a haircut.
“Now the kids know who to play with when they play the game. They’ll see why Drew Brees gives me a lot of opportunities on Sunday. 99 in real life, 99 on the game. Can’t guard Mike.”
— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) July 17, 2020
The 27 year-old Thomas is the only member of the ’99 Club’ who was not a first round pick. He was selected in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Saints.
And since coming into the league, Thomas has rewritten the history books, becoming the most accomplished receiver in NFL history through four seasons.
Only one player in NFL history has recorded the following through his first four seasons:
• 450+ REC
• 5,500+ REC Yds
• 30+ REC TD
Michael Thomas is in a class by himself. pic.twitter.com/DVdUJkqyCY
— NFLonCBS (@NFLonCBS) July 14, 2020
Last season, he was named First Team All-Pro for the second consecutive season and he set a new NFL record for receptions in a season with 149.
He also led the league in receiving yards (1,725), on a league-leading 107.8 yards per game.
In addition, Thomas became the first wide receiver to win the NFL’s Offensive Player of the Year Award since Jerry Rice in 1993.
Michael Thomas is the 2nd highest-graded WR in the NFL since 2016 (93.6)
— PFF (@PFF) July 17, 2020
Interestingly enough, Thomas still might not be seen as the premier wide receiver in the game.
In a recently conducted poll by ESPN that surveyed 50 NFL executives, scouts, and players, Julio Jones was voted the best wideout in the league.
In a poll conducted with 50 NFL executives, scouts and players, ESPN ranked the top 10 wide receivers for this upcoming season. pic.twitter.com/AnAXYtAHxJ
— Get Up (@GetUpESPN) July 10, 2020
What’s right and what’s wrong here….? pic.twitter.com/m96uOg6tf3
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 17, 2020
Madden 21 will continue to release its ratings in the coming days.
In other words, let the debate rage on.