NFL Players Candidly Discuss Madden

Ever wanted to hear what NFL players think about their player ratings are and the Madden curse? Switched recently sat down with some players to talk Madden. Reggie Bush of the New Orleans Saints, Michael Strahan of the New York Giants, Marshall Faulk of the St. Louis Rams, Mario Williams of the Houston Texans, and Steven Jackson of the St. Louis Rams all were inquired about their thoughts on the game.

Reggie Bush, rumored cover boy for the upcoming Madden NFL 2008, seemed a bit apprehensive about being on the cover. “”If Vince [Young] survives this year without getting hurt, then I’ll consider it. If he gets hurt, I’m not gonna do it.” Steve Jackson on the other hand is waiting for the opportunity to grace the cover, and said he’d take the honor without a second doubt.

Their player ratings, however, were another matter altogether. Check out their responses below:

Strahan: “You know? EA — they’re not fair. Not fair at all. My rookie year, I was the worst player on the team. I was worse than guys on the practice squad and I’m the draft pick, a second rounder. What happened is that when you’re a rookie, your numbers are going to be a little bit lower because you’ve got to establish yourself in the league.”

Bush: “This is really bothering me. I’ve got a 97 player speed, 98 agility, 98 acceleration, 85 toughness and 99 juke move. Now, how does that average out to an 87? Four high 90’s and one 85 averages out to an 87 overall. It just doesn’t add up. I’m not a mathematician, but something ain’t adding up right. Somebody miscounted.”

Faulk: “Obviously we know the ratings aren’t as realistic as [they are for the real-life] players.”

Jackson: “Well, after the season we put together — after a Pro Bowl season — I’m expecting to be in the 90’s area or we’re gonna have to make a phone call.”

Williams: “Every time I came off the line using myself I was getting knocked down and pancaked. I had just never seen that before. Everybody falls down now and then — but this was like every other play. So I don’t know. We need to correct that.”

It definitely seems like there’s some animosity there. But, hey, sometimes the truth about your rating hurts.