Tom Brady to Ja'Marr Chase on Madden 23 Ratings Snub: 'Don't Sweat It'

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVJuly 18, 2022

TAMPA, FL - JUN 09: Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) speaks to the media after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Minicamp on June 09, 2022 at the AdventHealth Training Center at One Buccaneer Place in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Tampa Bay Buccaneers star Tom Brady knows there can be a worse fate than having a lower than expected player rating in Madden.

The first batch of player ratings for Madden NFL 23 were revealed Monday, and Cincinnati Bengals star Ja'Marr Chase getting an 87 overall at launch was one of the bigger surprises.

Ja’MarrChase @Real10jayy__

i’m going keep working . Extra motivation😌 <a href="https://t.co/0vZs4r5uFJ">https://t.co/0vZs4r5uFJ</a>

Brady chimed in with a helpful anecdote:

Tom Brady @TomBrady

Don’t sweat it man. Madden didn’t even put me in the game my second year 😂 <a href="https://twitter.com/Real10jayy__?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Real10jayy__</a> <a href="https://t.co/je5GbMfFrQ">https://t.co/je5GbMfFrQ</a>

Tom Brady @TomBrady

41 awareness was just unnecessarily mean. <a href="https://t.co/o7cXnsICTz">https://t.co/o7cXnsICTz</a>

Not that anybody has forgotten, but this is yet another example for how unlikely Brady's ascension was. The sixth-round pick wasn't even listed by name in Madden 2001, and his rating fell by six points in Madden 2002.

And this was a time before EA Sports updated its player ratings based on how the season was unfolding. The Super Bowl-winning quarterback in 2001 was one of the lowest-rated at the position that year.

By comparison, Chase is faring pretty well.