If you want to upset an NFL player, just sock them with a low rating in Madden. Every year the latest edition seems to spark offense with certain NFL players who feel they've been disrespected with a disappointing score.
The latest member of that frustrated club: Dez Bryant.
After a preseason game against the Miami Dolphins, Bryant said he isn't worried about any early-season struggles the Cowboys may suffer -- he believes that everything is subject to change.
A perfect example? His too-low Madden rating. As he explained to The Dallas Morning News, people are going to be surprised when the season starts.
"We're just going to see what happens," Bryant says. "Like I told Madden, they put me at 90, I'm not worried about that. That rating going to shoot up real quick, you best believe that.
"I play Madden, I [expletive] love Madden. They would do me like that? Oh my God. That is an insult, like why would you do that to me? How much I love y'all. Like what? Not John Madden, because I love him. It's the developers."
It's important to emphasize that Bryant was being playful with his comments -- mostly playful, anyway. If you think he wasn't upset, you're kidding yourself. But now he has some added motivation to turn in a season that elevates that measly 90 rating.