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Mile High Morning: Broncos CB Pat Surtain II ranked as a top-10 rookie in Madden NFL 22

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Rookie cornerback Pat Surtain II earned his first ever Madden rating this week, clocking in at 76 overall ahead of his first season in the NFL. Surtain's rating was enough to earn him a spot among the top 10 rookies, tying for third place with Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jaylen Waddle.

Surtain joins a Broncos defense that also houses Von Miller, who made the list of top 10 edge rushers for the 22 edition of the popular NFL video game.

EA Sports, who have been rolling out each position group's top-10 player ratings all week, showed Surtain his numbers prior to the rookie ratings release. The new Broncos corner was not satisfied with his ratings, claiming his awareness score (76) should be much higher.

"Awareness? 95, you know I got [that]," Surtain said to EA Sports, pointing to his head.

"Y'all dead wrong," Surtain told EA Sports when they revealed his 76 rating. "Maybe change that."

Surtain will have ample opportunity to improve his Madden rating this year, with EA Sports continually updating their numbers throughout the season. It looks like the rookie feels slighted, and will look to change the minds of EA Sports and their ratings adjustors.

"Give me that 99 lockdown, man coverage, zone coverage, all that," Surtain said.

Below the Fold

The first weekend in August will be a historic one for the Denver Broncos, as the Pro Football Hall of Fame honors three former Broncos among the group of 2020 and 2021 HOF inductees for the first time in the organization's history.

The ceremony, which will take place August 5-9, will see the enshrinement of quarterback Peyton Manning and safety John Lynch, who represent the 2021 class of inductees. Legendary Broncos safety Steve Atwater will be inducted the night before his fellow former Broncos, as part of the 2020 Hall of Fame class that saw their ceremony pushed due to COVID-19.

"I'm excited for Steve's jacket ceremony," Broncos President and CEO Joe Ellis said Tuesday. "That starts on Friday night, and then we go to Steve's party which is going to be [great]."

Atwater, who played for the Broncos from 1989-1998, was a two-time Super Bowl champion in Denver and was named a Pro Bowler eight times during his career.

"I think his greatness as a player speaks for itself," Ellis said.

Though Ellis was not in Denver during Atwater's tenure as a player, the President and CEO has immense respect for the former Bronco, both as a player and as a person.

"He's come back to our organization and just been such a positive spirit for all of us," Ellis said. "I think that's what's most important to me — just who he is as a person; a top-rate, terrific guy."

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