Darius Leonard reacts to his insulting Madden 23 rating
As player ratings are released for the upcoming Madden 23 video game, Indianapolis Colts linebacker Darius Leonard reacts to his rating.
One of the fun things about the NFL season returning is the release of a new Madden Football game. Every fall, when the league returns, a new and updated version of the game is released. That also means new player ratings that fans, players, and the media can debate.
While it’s easy to say it’s just a game, ratings are taken somewhat seriously and are often disputed when they are an injustice to a player’s actual quality. As Madden has been rolling out the ratings for this year’s game, there have already been several disputes. The latest is from the Indianapolis Colts.
Once the ratings for linebackers hit the internet, fans quickly noticed one thing: Darius Leonard was the fifth-ranked linebacker with an overall rating of 90. Many will argue that there’s not a case for one linebacker being better than Leonard, let alone four.
Leonard must have seen the rating himself because his recent social media post of five laughing emojis sure looks like a reaction to the egregious rating he was given.
Darius Leonard laughs at being fifth-ranked linebacker in Madden
While the linebackers listed ahead of Leonard are talented there’s not much of an argument that they are all better than him. Darius is the same player that was recently ranked as the best linebacker in the league by people across the NFL.
No other linebacker in the league consistently does what Darius Leonard can do. He excels at the basic linebacker duties like tackling, playing against the run, and dropping in coverage, but he also has a skill set that no other current linebacker does. That’s his ability to force turnovers.
Last season, The Maniac forced eight fumbles, recovered three, and intercepted four passes. Those are game-changing plays that he makes with routine. That, in addition to everything else he does well, should make him the best linebacker in a video game and real life.
Unfortunately, this isn’t new territory for Darius Leonard. He has grown accustomed to not getting his full credit. Whether it be Madden ratings or Defensive Player of the Year votes, Leonard’s production is often overlooked.