This past Saturday, the final two selections for the team were the defensive tackles. The position that does not receive much credit (with the exception of offensive lineman) is the defensive tackle. The big guys in the middle of the field that are in charge of stopping running backs up the middle and pressuring quarterbacks are the forgotten defensive players. Gilbert Brown and Tony Siragusa are some of the names that come to mind when you think about the defensive tackle position.
So it is fitting that the position gets top and final billing for the All-25 team.
The first selection at defensive tackle is:
Albert Haynesworth, Tennessee Titans: Defensive Tackles
Deemed "one of the worst free agent signings in NFL history," Haynesworth was once one of the best defensive tackles in the NFL at one time.
Haynesworth comes to the Madden All-25 Team from Madden '09 where he was rated 93 overall. Among the overall rating included a 98 rating for strength, 95 tackling and 95 block shedding. He was what a defensive tackle was about, stopping the run and clogging the middle.
A former University of Tennessee freshman All-American, Haynesworth was drafted by the Titans in 2002 after running a 4.82 40-yard dash and 9-foot-7 inch broad jump. The New York Times referred to Haynesworth as a "potentially brutal run-stopper."
In his 10-year career, Haynesworth had 347 tackles with 30 ½ sacks and six forced fumbles. His best season was his last with the Titans where he had 8 ½ sacks and 51 tackles in 2008 ... right before he signed a seven-year, $100 million contract with the Washington Redskins and pretty much fell off the face of the Earth, football skill wise.
But let's remember him from Madden '09 shall we.
We have hit the final selection for the Madden All-25 Team. It is fitting because this player changed what it means to be a defensive tackle.
Warren Sapp, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Defensive Tackle
"Warren Sapp had the speed of a defensive end at defensive tackle in Madden NFL 2002. He was as disruptive of a gap rusher as any player in Madden NFL history. He was so fast he could hit your quarterback before he was done with his drop." - EA Sports' Shaun Mason
Sapp, a 2013 member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, revolutionized the defensive tackle position. Most tackles were in the lineup to stop the run but Sapp decided that he would stop the run and rush the quarterback, which was instrumental on the dominant Buccaneers'' defenses in the late 90's and early 2000s.
While at the University of Miami, Sapp was a 1994 All-American, a two-time first-team All-Big East selection and a Defensive Player of the Year during his collegiate career. After being selected as the 12th pick overall in the 1995 NFL Draft, Sapp immediately became a starter with Tampa Bay and here's why. Sapp, at 6-foot-2 and 300 pounds, he ran 4.62 40-yard dash.
In Madden 2002, Sapp was a rated 99 overall player with 72 speed (high for a defensive tackle) and 93 acceleration (very high for a defensive tackle). Throw in 96 pursuit and 98 finishing ratings and you had a beats in the middle of a defensive line.
In his career, Sapp racked up 96 ½ sacks with the Buccaneers and the Oakland Raiders. Throw in 583 tackles and 19 career forced fumbles and you have a defensive tackle that deserved to be a first-ballot Hall of Famer.
So we have reached the end of Madden 25 All-25 Team. In case you missed it, here are all the selections.
Defensive Tackles: Warren Sapp and Albert Haynesworth
So that is the Madden All-25 Team. Hopefully this has gotten you pumped up for the release of Madden NFL 25 and the upcoming NFL season. Be prepared to play online against people who will pick this team and most likely beat you by 40 points, probably more if you select the New York Jets (sorry Mark Sanchez fans).
Madden 25 is set for release for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 systems on August 27. Madden 25 will also be released for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles later this year.