Tom Brady got a perfect 99 'Madden' rating, but who's top rookie?

You can’t put a guy on the “Madden” cover and not give him a great rating in the game.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who is battling the “Madden” curse by appearing on the cover of this year’s edition of the popular video game, got a perfect 99 rating from EA Sports. Go ahead Patriots haters, get the angst out of your system now.

Tom Brady has a perfect “Madden” rating this year. (Twitter.com/EAMaddenNFL)

Coming in second was Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers at 98. You might think Rodgers is better but hey, he’s not on the cover.

The most interesting part of the annual “Madden” release, after we find out who made the cover, is usually how the rookies are ranked. Among all rookies, Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett had the highest rating, at 83. That makes sense since he was the first pick. The top offensive rookie was a surprise: Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end O.J. Howard. The 19th overall pick had an 82 rating, beating out Jacksonville Jaguars Leonard Fournette, the fourth pick, who was an 81. Must be some Alabama fans among the programmers, or someone expecting Howard to have a big rookie season. Fournette thought he would be a 97 overall and was comically disappointed at some of his ratings, so he probably doesn’t agree with being behind Howard.

Football is getting closer, as teams report to training camp, but we still have about six weeks before a game that counts. So we’ll have to settle for virtual NFL football until then.

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Frank Schwab is the editor of Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at shutdown.corner@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!