The Unofficial Madden 20 PML Hall of Fame Candidates

Every major sports league has a Hall of Fame that honors the all-time great players in their respective sports. These players changed the way the game is played and left an everlasting legacy on the sport. A common phrase for NFL Hall of Fame players is that you “can’t tell the history of the NFL” without them, and PML is no different. Especially in a year that added a new feature that drastically changed the way the game is played (Superstar Abilities), some players have excelled exponentially more than their peers. Today, I am going to be looking at players that I believe can make a case for the Premier Madden League Hall of Fame.

The Unanimous

There is a small group of players that are Hall of Fame-worthy throughout the Madden 20 cycle, but there is only one who I believe is a unanimous lock. A true game-changer, this player has rendered some of the best players in the league (and even other HOF candidates) powerless. A single player putting so much pressure on opposing coaches that teams went so far as to even change the way they carry the ball. Very few players can have such a dynamic impact on the outcome of the game. There is no point in talking any further, you all know who he is:

Caden Sterns

Career Stats Through 2 Seasons and 6 Games (Per Daddyleagues):

163 Solo Tackles

29 Forced Fumbles

27 Interceptions

3 Touchdowns

At only 23 years old, Sterns sits at 97 overall despite only playing two full seasons so far. Gaining a significant following by Cookieboy17 fans, he has solidified his place in the Premier Madden League Hall of Fame. You will find few, if any, users in PML that would tell you Sterns isn’t the best defensive player this cycle. Simply put, he sets the tone of the game better than anyone else. Even if he doesn’t force a fumble, everyone in the stadium feels it when he hit sticks a player. The life instantly drains out of the offense and the defense gets ready to make a play.

The argument for Sterns is clear: no one has left an impression on the league as he has. He is a lock for the PML Hall of Fame this year.

The Likely

These players are ones who have left a profound impact on PML, just not on the same generational level as Caden Sterns. They have either worked their way into being one of the best in the league and playing well despite low initial ratings, or players who have dominated from day one. Likely candidates for the Hall of Fame just played the game it was supposed to be played, and did so at the highest level. Those candidates are:

Melvin Gordon

Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon (28) scores a rushing touchdown in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, in Carson, Calif. (AP Photo/Peter Joneleit)

Career Stats so far (Per Daddyleagues):

1,338 Carries

9,433 Rushing Yards

87 Rushing Touchdowns

7.05 Yards per Carry

Some running backs have had better individual seasons, but none have dominated every season the way Gordon has. Playing in arguably the hardest division in PML, he has routinely run all over the best defenses in football. Only one player has been able to slow him down, and that player is a unanimous Hall of Famer. Rushing for over 2000 yards in three consecutive seasons is a very impressive feat. Winning MVP during his career has been another highlight that bolsters his resume. He has routinely been a top back in PML and has set the standard of excellence on the ground.

Daniel Jones

Career Stats so Far (Per Daddyleagues):

891/1280 Passing

69.6% Completion

17,223 Passing Yards

167 Passing Touchdowns

In his first full season as a starter, Daniel Jones threw for 5280 yards and 52 Touchdowns, which tells you everything you need to know. Since then, he has thrown for one of the best TD: INT ratios as well, in a league where most passers throw more interceptions than touchdowns. Not only did he excel all cycle, he did so in the other division that has a real claim to best division. Starting out with sub-par weapons at the skill positions, he has helped guys like Darius Slayton and Evan Engram develop into some of the best players at their position. The New York Giants offense has consistently been one of the best in PML, and this is largely due to Daniel Jones’ success.

The Fringe

Players on the fringe are those who have had great seasons or careers, just with a bit more variance than others on this list or those who have been just a step below.

Joey Bosa

Career Stats:

205 Solo Tackles

132 Sacks

10 Forced Fumbles

2 Touchdowns

“DT” Bosa was one of the most dominant players in the early seasons of the league this year. With 104 sacks in his first three seasons, there is no denying his impact on PML. The only thing keeping him from being in a higher tier was a weak 2022 season that saw a career-low of 15 sacks. However, he is on pace for another great season and could very well earn a spot in the Hall of Fame with another dominating campaign.

Tarik Cohen

Career Stats:

796 Carries

7,178 Rushing Yards

66 Rushing Touchdowns

9.01 Yards Per Carry

Cohen’s 2019 season very well may have been the most dominant single-season performance in PML history, rushing for over 3000 yards and 30 rushing touchdowns. If he could have sustained that level of success, he would have been a unanimous lock for the Hall of Fame. Perhaps he is one of the greatest “what-ifs” of PML. What if Mole had just continued to run all over teams rather than change his playstyle ever season? We may never know.

Von Miller

Aug 19, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller (58) before the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Broncos Stadium at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Career Stats:

215 Solo Tackles

128 Sacks

7 Forced Fumbles

The all-time great edge rusher has been the cornerstone of the PML Denver Broncos who have been a very strong team on both sides of the ball. His dominance has allowed them to be increasingly aggressive on offense, which has helped them be even more successful. An ageless wonder, his presence is one to be feared by opposing offensive tackles.

Lorenzo Carter

Career Stats:

243 Solo Tackles

119 Sacks

10 Forced Fumbles

4 Interceptions

3 Touchdowns

Carter is another Giants player who worked his way up and overcame low initial ratings. A physical specimen, he dominated early with athleticism and has flourished with refined technique. After a dominant 2022 season with 70 solo tackles and 42 sacks, Carter is a serious candidate to move up a tier. He has been the lifeblood of a very talented New York Defense.

Khalil Mack

Career Stats:

226 Solo Tackles

130 Sacks

9 Forced Fumbles

1 Interception

1 Touchdown

Mack is another player who flourished with Mole in Chicago, but, unlike Cohen, has seen continued success under new management. A game-changer on defense, he has the second-most sacks of any player listed thus far. What’s held him back has been mediocre success under their new head coach, but things could be quietly changing for the Bears this year.

Honorable Mention:

Ito Smith

Tony Pollard

Nov 17, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Pollard (20) celebrates his touchdown during the first quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Grant Calcaterra

NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 07: Tight end Grant Calcaterra #80 of the Oklahoma Sooners celebrates a touchdown against the South Dakota Coyotes at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 7, 2019 in Norman, Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Sooners defeated the South Dakota Coyotes 70-14. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)

Evan Engram

Tamorrion Terry

Fletcher Cox

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA – NOVEMBER 24: Fletcher Cox #91 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates a play against the Seattle Seahawks at Lincoln Financial Field on November 24, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

Minkah Fitzpatrick

Eddie Jackson

What do you think? Should some of these players not be considered? Who did I forget? I know I surely forgot someone. If the league is open to it, I may create some polls and induct a small number of players into the PML Hall of Fame, and add 3-4 players every cycle.

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