Former LSU football star Justin Jefferson joins an elite NFL club

LSU Football WR Justin Jefferson Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports
LSU Football WR Justin Jefferson Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports /

LSU Tigers fans that are Madden addicts are in luck. Justin Jefferson has earned the NFL’s most-coveted digital accolade.

Three things are guaranteed in life, death, taxes, and LSU producing some of the best receivers in the NFL. Justin Jefferson is arguably the latest and greatest example of such. The former LSU football and current Minnesota Vikings star has earned the highest praise from the gaming community.

Jefferson joins the Madden 99 Club, meaning he will have a 99 overall player rating in the game’s latest release, Madden 24.

EA Sports started publicizing Madden 24 player ratings this week, beginning with wide receivers. To no surprise, Justin Jefferson ranks as the best overall receiver and one of the select few in the latest installation of the Madden 99 Club.

Some LSU football fans will laugh and say, “It’s just a video game; it doesn’t matter.” However, Madden NFL ratings matter to many of the league’s younger players. Moreover, earning the rare 99 overall rating is something worth bragging about.

Only eight different wide receivers have been ranked as a 99 overall in the game’s 25-year tenure. The list of receivers in Madden 99 Club history includes but is not limited to, Jerry Rice, Calvin Johnson, Randy Moss, Marvin Harrison, and Larry Fitzgerald. Suffice it to say Jefferson has joined some elite company.

Other LSU football alums on the Madden top-100 receivers list are Jamar Chase (6th), Odell Beckham (25th), DJ Chark (70th), and Russell Gage (79th). Alabama is the only other school with three or more players ranked in the top 25.

It’s hard to argue that there’s a better receiver in football right now than Justin Jefferson. In 2022, he put up 128 receptions for 1,809 yards and eight touchdowns on his way to his first Offensive Player of the Year award.

Jefferson ranks first in receiving yards and receptions and fourth in receiving touchdowns in a player’s first three seasons. He’s at a historically good pace, and there are no signs he will slow down anytime soon.

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In just three years in the NFL, the former LSU football standout has already put himself on track to reach Canton, Ohio, one day. For now, we’re hoping Jefferson lands the cover of Madden 25.