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ESPN.com staff

Clearly, it’s not just a game.

NFL players are not only aware of how Madden NFL 19 ranks them, but they have salty reactions that spill onto social media.

This week, several Pro Bowlers have weighed in on their place in the ranking system, which rates players from zero to 100.

Madden’s reach is undeniable among players who often man the controllers and compete against each other.

Take All-Pro Steelers defensive end Cam Heyward, who was diplomatic about his Pro Bowl snub during the regular season but called his 88 Madden rating a “joke” on Twitter.

And don’t get linebacker Ryan Shazier started about being left out of the top-13-rated linebackers in the game.

Most top-shelf players don’t expect to make a Madden cover, but they do want the game to keep it 100 when it comes to their scale. — Jeremy Fowler

This is one of the most disrespectful things I seen a a long time. @EAMaddenNFL what did I do to deserve this?? pic.twitter.com/1RJuN58xnB

— Ryan Shazier (@RyanShazier) July 11, 2018

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