If you’re a sports fan at all, you’re probably very familiar with the game of “Madden”. The video game comes out every year and tries to change its’ rankings accordingly. This year’s ratings came out and one Patriot was fortunate enough to earn the exclusive 99 overall ranking on the game. That Patriot? Cornerback Stephon Gilmore.
I mean, this isn’t really a hard decision for a few reasons.
The Defensive Player of the Year Award
— NFL (@NFL) February 1, 2020
Stephon Gilmore was named the 2019 Defensive Player of the Year. Honestly, even if I wasn’t a Patriots fan, I would’ve voted for Gilmore regardless. He was on some of the best receivers in the game, every…single…game. We’re talking about covering the likes of Amari Cooper, Odell Beckham Jr., and many more. The best part is that Gilmore had no problem shutting down these top, elite receivers. It certainly doesn’t hurt winning the award and having it contribute to your Madden ranking.
His Postseason Clutch Performance
The last few postseasons, Stephon Gilmore has made some absolutely absurd plays. Remember the 2017 AFC Championship game against the Jaguars? If you need a refresher, here you go!
— NFL Stats (@NFL_Stats) February 13, 2018
I don’t know about the rest of you, but I was nervous. The Jaguars surprised many people in 2017 and they were literally one quarter away from a Super Bowl. Gilmore had his guy covered and makes an incredibly athletic play to send the Patriots to another Super Bowl. The end result wasn’t what we wanted a few weeks later, but we don’t care about that!
Need another example? How about the 2018-2019 Super Bowl run and the final game against the Rams?
SUPER BOWL PROP WINNER:
* First Patriot to Record an Interception = Stephon Gilmore +600
— SBR Sports Picks (@SBRSportsPicks) February 4, 2019
A bad throw by Jared Goff led to a game-changing interception. Should Gilmore drop it, maybe the Rams find a way to score and tie the game up. We don’t know what happens next. But it’s plays like this that helped make it an easy call for Gilmore to garner a 99 overall rating.
Congratulations to Stephon Gilmore. He has it all now. A Super Bowl title, a DPOTY award, All-Pro selections, and now a 99 overall Madden rating. Now we just need to see 99 overall Gilmore dominate again in 2020!
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-Al Nahigian (@BigAl2793)
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