After breaking the NFL's single-season record for receptions last season, Michael Thomas has once again been recognized as one of the league's best players by the Madden video game franchise.
Thomas was named Friday as the final member of Madden's 99 club, joining just four other NFL players – Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey, Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald and New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore – in receiving the game's highest possible rating.
After initially receiving a 95 rating for Madden NFL 20, Thomas' rating in the video game was adjusted all the way up to a 99 by the end of last season, when he caught 149 regular-season passes – the most ever by an individual player in one season in NFL history – for a league-high 1,725 yards and nine touchdowns. He was named the NFL Offensive Player of the Year by the Associated Press, becoming just the second wide receiver (joining two-time winner Jerry Rice) to ever win the award.
Through his first four seasons with the New Orleans Saints, Thomas has caught 470 passes – also a record for the most receptions in the first four years of an NFL player's career – for 5,512 yards and 32 touchdowns and has firmly established himself as one of the league's elite players.
Thomas is the only former Ohio State player in the past 20 years to receive a 99 overall Madden rating.