Player ratings for the Madden NFL video game are a source of controversy and debate every year, so EA Sports is giving fans an opportunity to make a case for their favorite stars to boost their overall grade.
After the Madden hotline launched Thursday, Emma Waldren of EA Sports tweeted it had received 1,000 calls in the first six hours it was operational:
Anyone can call the hotline, whether it's fans or NFL stars, to talk about the ratings for a player.
It would be fun to see the caller ID of players who might have called in. Indianapolis Colts star Shaquille Leonard didn't seem to agree with being the No. 5 linebacker with a 90 overall rating.
Some players, though, had positive reactions when the ratings were announced.
Los Angeles Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey, who will happily tell you how awesome he is, wasn't upset at receiving a 98 overall rating and being the top-ranked player at his position.
Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald, San Francisco 49ers offensive tackle Trent Williams, Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett and Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Davante Adams are the only players who received 99 overall ratings in Madden NFL 23.
Donald received the highest possible rating for the sixth consecutive year, tying Peyton Manning for the most in Madden history.
Anyone who calls the hotline and presents a valid case for a player could get the rating adjusted. It's unclear what your argument would need to consist of, but it's good preparation for anyone considering a career as a lawyer or taking a debate class.
Madden NFL 23 will be released Aug. 19 for Xbox Series X and S, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.