Aaron Donald is a member of the 99 Membership within the “Madden” online game franchise for a document seventh time, EA Sports activities introduced on Tuesday.
That units the document for probably the most good grades in Madden historical past, another than Corridor of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning.
The score confirms what we already know. Donald is a generational expertise and among the finest defensive gamers in league historical past.
He made the defining play of Tremendous Bowl LVI in opposition to the Bengals by forcing a Joe Burrow incompletion on fourth down, securing his first Tremendous Bowl.
Los Angeles went 5-12 final season, the worst document for a defending Tremendous Bowl champion. Donald was nonetheless wonderful regardless of the crew’s struggles and lacking the ultimate six video games attributable to a excessive ankle sprain.
Per data from Pro Football Focus, in 11 video games, he nonetheless completed within the high 20 within the league in whole pressures with 40. From 2016-21, PFF credited Donald with probably the most whole pressures amongst gamers at his place every season. His 274 whole pressures and 103 sacks since getting into the league in 2014 are the most during that span.
Donald flirted with retirement the previous two offseasons however with him nonetheless the very best defender in soccer, he has no cause to name it quits.
That does not imply his profession will finish in Los Angeles. Sports Illustrated and ESPN floated the thought of the Rams buying and selling Donald this season. Dan Graziano contemplated, “What if the Rams have one other awful season and determine the very best guess is to commerce away extra veterans and rebuild?”
Donald would fetch a good-looking return. He is as elite as they arrive and has the Madden grade to show it.