Seattle safety Earl Thomas celebrates a defensive stand during a 2015 game against San Francisco. Thomas received a 93 rating in Madden 2017 (Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images).

BEVO BEAT Football

Longhorns earn rave ratings in Madden 2017

Posted August 24th, 2016


Are you a fan of video games and the Texas Longhorns?

EA Sports released the most-recent version of its Madden football game on Tuesday, and gamers on the University of Texas campus may recognize a couple of players on the field in Madden 2017. Twenty-nine players who once played for the Longhorns will appear in Madden 2017.

A player’s usefulness in the Madden franchise can sometimes be dependent on the game’s rating of his skills. Of the ex-Longhorns coming to a console near you, none rate higher than Seattle safety Earl Thomas. With the top rating being a 99 – think NFL standouts Rob Gronkowski, Luke Kuechly, Von Miler and J.J. Watt – Thomas scored a 93. Kansas City linebacker Derrick Johnson isn’t far behind with a rating of 90:


Here are the ratings for the Longhorns who appear in Madden 2017:

  • Seattle Seahawks FS Earl Thomas: 93
  • Kansas City Chiefs LB Derrick Johnson: 90
  • Kansas City Chiefs HB Jamaal Charles: 89
  • Tennessee Titans LB Brian Orakpo: 87
  • Baltimore Ravens K Justin Tucker: 83
  • Chicago Bears LB Lamarr Houston: 81
  • San Francisco 49ers K Phil Dawson: 80
  • New Orleans Saints S Kenny Vaccaro: 80
  • Minnesota Vikings DE Brian Robison: 79
  • Jacksonville Jaguars DT Roy Miller: 78
  • Buffalo Bills S Aaron Williams: 77
  • Minnesota Vikings FS Michael Griffin: 76
  • Chicago Bears LB Sam Acho: 75
  • Philadelphia Eagles LB Jordan Hicks: 75
  • New York Giants LB Keenan Robinson: 75
  • Detroit Lions CB Quandre Diggs: 74
  • New England Patriots DL Malcom Brown: 71
  • Arizona Cardinals LB Alex Okafor: 71
  • Cincinnati Bengals CB Chykie Brown: 70
  • Carolina Panthers RB Fozzy Whitaker: 69
  • Washington Redskins QB Colt McCoy: 68
  • Buffalo Bills WR Marquise Goodwin: 68
  • Indianapolis Colts DT Hassan Ridgeway: 68
  • San Diego Chargers S Adrian Phillips: 67
  • New York Giants S Mykkele Thompson: 66
  • Los Angeles Rams RB Malcolm Brown: 66
  • Cincinnati Bengals G Trey Hopkins: 65
  • Dallas Cowboys TE Geoff Swaim: 64
  • Carolina Panthers LT Donald Hawkins: 62

Apparently not all of the Madden-rated Longhorns were pleased with their computer-generated assessments, but Diggs had it better than some Texas Exes. According to 247Sports, the University of Texas has 36 representatives in the NFL. The following Longhorns, however, are not yet rated in Madden 2017: Atlanta OL Michael Huey, Arizona WR Jaxon Shipley, Baltimore CB Carrington Byndom, Houston CB Duke Thomas, New Orleans OL Tony Hills, Philadelphia WR Marcus Johnson and Washington LB Shiro Davis.

News on Bevo Beat is free and unlimited. Access to the rest of is included with an Austin American-Statesman subscription in addition to and the ePaper edition. Subscribe today at