- San Francisco 49ers offensive lineman Trent Williams is a nine-time NFL Pro Bowler.
- Williams received the first even 99 rating for an offensive lineman in EA Sports NFL 23.
- His reaction to the honor was priceless, as he struggled to find the words to explain his emotions.
Trent Williams is a big, bad man.
The San Francisco 49ers offensive lineman has made the NFL Pro Bowl nine times. He was named first-team All-Pro in 2021 for first time in his career. Now, he’s received another honor.
Williams was given a 99 overall rating in EA Sports Madden NFL 23. It’s the first time an offensive lineman has ever received the prestigious rating.
Welcome to the 99 club, Trent Williams 👏
(via @AdrianPeterson) pic.twitter.com/YcnEb3OiZQ
— B/R Gridiron (@brgridiron) July 7, 2022
Former teammate Adrian Peterson recorded the entire moment and Williams’ reaction was priceless, as the big man seemed at a loss for words. The ranking is well-earned. Williams has been one of the best offensive linemen in the league for the better part of a decade. But fans across the league felt that other lineman also could’ve been worthy of the distinction.
It's a couple 99's on the OL
Cleveland was ranked #1 OL
Zeller or Wyatt can easily be a 99
The LT from eagles is powerful milati I believe his name
Tristan wirfs maybe not 99 but 95..
— FREE SHIESTY 🐍 (@ericgowapshawty) July 7, 2022
Before Zack Martin? Lol
— IntGodiggs (@ceedeex2) July 7, 2022
Fans also wondered why some other players weren’t 99, despite having similar accolades to Williams.
But the Back2Back MVP Aaron Rodgers isn’t a 99? And has never started the season as a 99?
— packerz (@packerz0) July 7, 2022
post davante adams 99 club
— 𝗃𝗈𝗌𝗁 (@OwnHimRenfrow) July 7, 2022
The 2023 edition of Madden will be a special one after the passing of legendary game creator John Madden. The Hall of Fame coach and legendary broadcaster will grace the cover of the game for the first time since 1998. Madden was on the cover of the game every year until 1999, when Garrison Hearst became of the first cover athlete.
Williams now has an honor that nobody can take away.