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Mile High Morning: Pat Surtain II picked to Madden NFL 23's Team of the Year, earns special 'Shutdown' attribute


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The virtual Pat Surtain II is catching up to the real one.

After a 2022 season that earned Surtain acclaim from fellow NFL players, analysts and fans alike, Surtain collected many of the league's top honors: All-Pro team selections, a Pro Bowl nod and more.

He gained another special distinction recently as a pick for Madden NFL 23’s Team of the Year, alongside Sauce Gardner, with a 98-overall rating.

What's more, Surtain was one of six players who earned “Superstar X-Factors” this season. These special honors provide specific boosts to the game's top players. Surtain gained "Shutdown" status, which means that after breaking up two passes in a game, he will play with tighter coverage and pick off passes more often on contested plays.

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