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Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly gets highest player rating possible from Madden videogame

Carolina Panthers' Luke Kuechly (59) heads upfield to score a touchdown after intercepting a Dallas Cowboys' Tony Romo (9) pass in the second quarter at AT&T Stadium on Thursday, November 26, 2015. The Panthers won 33-14 and improved to 11-0.
Carolina Panthers' Luke Kuechly (59) heads upfield to score a touchdown after intercepting a Dallas Cowboys' Tony Romo (9) pass in the second quarter at AT&T Stadium on Thursday, November 26, 2015. The Panthers won 33-14 and improved to 11-0. dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton may be Superman, and he may be the NFL’s MVP -- and he may be the leading vote getter among players as the league’s top player -- but he’s not the highest-rated guy on the new Madden 17 videogame.

His teammate, Luke Kuechly, was one of four players to be awarded a 99 rating. The 99, of course, is the highest you can get on Madden. The ratings are a measurement of a (digital) players “awareness,” speed, acceleration, agility and strength.

Cam? He got a 94 overall rating.

Kuechly was joined on the 99 Club by New England tight end Rob Gronkowski and two defensive superstars -- Denver’s Von Miller and Houston’s J.J. Watt.

In case you’re wondering, among quarterbacks, Cam and New England’s Tom Brady got a 94. That was the second highest rating among quarterbacks. The top QB was Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers, who got a 96.

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