Comparing the best, worst and oldest players at each position in Madden 19 against Madden 03

With the release of Madden 19 last week I decided to do some roster comparisons between it and arguably the best game in the seriesMadden 03. Using the day one roster for both games, I took a look at comparing the best, worst and oldest player at each position in terms of there overall rating. Beyond that, I also noted which players in Madden 03 were still around to be in Madden 19.

Quarterback

Tom Brady is the only player in Madden 03 or Madden 19 to be both the highest rated player as well as the oldest player at his position.

QB Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Worst in 03 Cory Sauter 27 Colts 37 2
Worst in 19 Wes Lunt 24 Free Agent 51 1
QB Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Best in 03 Kurt Warner 31 Rams 97 4
Best in 03 Brett Farve 32 Packers 97 11
Best in 19 Tom Brady 41 Patriots 99 18
Best in 19 Aaron Rodgers 34 Packers 99 13
QB Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Oldest in 03 Randall Cunningham 39 Free Agent 68 16
Oldest in 19 Tom Brady 41 Patriots 99 18

Running Back

RB Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Worst in 03 R.J. Bowers 28 Steelers 41 1
Worst in 19 Tra Carson 25 Bengals 54 2
RB Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Best in 03 Marshall Faulk 29 Rams 99 8
Best in 19 Le’Veon Bell 26 Steelers 96 5
RB Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Oldest in 03 Terry Allen 34 Free Agent 65 11
Oldest in 03 Fred McAfee 34 Saints 57 12
Oldest in 19 Darren Sproles 35 Eagles 83 13
Oldest in 19 Frank Gore 35 Dolphins 78 13

Fullback

FB Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Worst in 03 Mike Green 25 Titans 32 2
Worst in 19 Lawrence Thomas 25 Jets 57 2
FB Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Best in 03 Larry Centers 34 Bills 93 12
Best in 19 Kyle Juszczyk 27 49ers 84 5
FB Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Oldest in 03 Kimble Anders 35 Free Agent 77 11
Oldest in 19 John Kuhn 35 Free Agent 73 12

Wide Receiver

WR Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Worst in 03 Thabiti Davis 27 Free Agent 41 2
Worst in 19 Johnathan Krause 26 Free Agent 54 4
WR Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Best in 03 Randy Moss 25 Vikings 98 4
Best in 03 Terrell Owens 28 49ers 98 6
Best in 19 Antonio Brown 30 Steelers 99 8
WR Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Oldest in 03 Jerry Rice 39 Raiders 84 17
Oldest in 19 Larry Fitzgerald 35 Cardinals 89 14

Tight End

Technically, there are a number of players listed at tight end in Madden 19 with a worse rating then Alan Cross. However, Cross is the lowest rated actual tight end as all players worse then him are all full-time long snappers in real life.

TE Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Worst in 03 Scott Slutzker 29 Free Agent 37 5
Worst in 19 Alan Cross 25 Bucs 59 2
TE Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Best in 03 Tony Gonzalez 26 Chiefs 97 5
Best in 19 Rob Gronkowski 29 Patriots 99 8
TE Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Oldest in 03 Wesley Walls 36 Seahawks 85 13
Oldest in 03 Brian Kinchen 36 Free Agent 52 14
Oldest in 19 Antonio Gates 38 Free Agent 83 15

Left Tackle

LT Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Worst in 03 Daryl Terrell 27 Jaguars 45 3
Worst in 19 David Steinmetz 23 Dolphins 58 Rookie
LT Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Best in 03 Orlando Pace 26 Rams 98 5
Best in 03 Jonathan Ogden 28 Ravens 98 6
Best in 19 David Bakhtiari 26 Packers 97 5
LT Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Oldest in 03 Lomas Brown 39 Free Agent 76 17
Oldest in 19 Jason Peters 36 Eagles 91 14
Oldest in 19 Andrew Whitworth 36 Rams 88 12

Left Guard

LG Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Worst in 03 Elliot Silvers 24 Chargers 41 1
Worst in 19 Fred Lauina 23 Browns 57 Rookie
LG Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Best in 03 Larry Allen 30 Cowboys 99 8
Best in 19 Andrew Norwell 26 Jaguars 91 4
LG Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Oldest in 03 Ray Browns 39 Free Agent 85 16
Oldest in 19 Richie Incognito 35 Free Agent 85 13

Center

In Madden 03 there are three players, Ethan Albright (38), Joe Maese (36) and J. Philipe Darche (36) listed at center with a worse rating than Kevin Dogins. Same in Madden 19, as Nick Sundberg (54) and Garrison Sanborn (54) have lower ratings then Thompson or Hassenauer. However, all of these players are actually full-time long-snappers and not centers.

C Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Worst in 03 Kevin Dogins 29 Bears 40 5
Worst in 19 Alex Thompson 23 Ravens 57 Rookie
Worst in 19 J.C. Hassenauer 22 Falcons 57 Rookie
C Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Best in 03 Kevin Mawae 31 Jets 97 9
Best in 19 Travis Frederick 27 Cowboys 96 5
C Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Oldest in 03 Bruce Matthews 40 Titans 87 19
Oldest in 19 John Sullivan 33 Rams 78 10
Oldest in 19 Ryan Kalil 33 Panthers 76 11

Right Guard

RG Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Worst in 03 Brad Bedell 25 Browns 40 1
Worst in 19 Chris Gonzalez 23 Vikings 57 Rookie
RG Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Best in 03 Will Shields 30 Chiefs 97 9
Best in 19 Zach Martin 27 Cowboys 96 4
RG Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Oldest in 03 David Diaz-Infante 38 Free Agent 65 9
Oldest in 19 Jahri Evans 35 Free Agent 74 12

Right Tackle

RT Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Worst in 03 Brian Crawford 24 Vikings 38 1
Worst in 19 Ike Boettger 22 Free Agent 57 Rookie
RT Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Best in 03 Lincoln Kennedy 31 Raiders 95 9
Best in 19 Lane Johnson 28 Eagles 91 5
RT Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Oldest in 03 Harry Swayne 37 Free Agent 70 15
Oldest in 19 Allen Barbre 34 Free Agent 67 10

Left End

Interestingly enough, Shawn Price managed to end up with the same overall rating as his age, which likely does not happen very often. Also, he is in his ninth professional season as a pro. Everyone else who is the worst player at their position in either game was at most in their fifth professional season.

LE Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Worst in 03 Shawn Price 32 Free Agent 32 9
Worst in 19 Kendal Vickers 23 Steelers 60 Rookie
LE Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Best in 03 Michael Strahan 30 Giants 99 9
Best in 19 Khalil Mack 27 Raiders 98 4
Best in 19 JJ Watt 29 Texans 98 7
LE Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Oldest in 03 Trace Armstrong 36 Raiders 74 13
Oldest in 19 Julius Peppers 38 Panthers 82 16

Right End

David Bowens, who is tied with Lionel Barnes as the worst right end in the game, actually ended up having a solid career in the NFL. At this point in his career, he had played 38 games, recording 34 tackles and  5.5 sacks. He ended up playing in 167 games and started 41 of them, recording 227 tackles and 38.5 career sacks.

RE Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Worst in 03 David Bowens 25 Dolphins 41 3
Worst in 03 Lionel Barnes 26 Free Agent 41 3
Worst in 19 Tyrell Chavis 24 Giants 60 Rookie
Worst in 19 Dee Liner 24 Chiefs 60 Rookie
RE Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Best in 03 Jevon Kearse 25 Titans 94 3
Best in 19 Aaron Donald 27 Rams 99 4
RE Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Oldest in 03 Bruce Smith 39 Redskins 78 17
Oldest in 19 Michael Bennett 32 Eagles 88 9
Oldest in 19 Robert Ayers Jr. 32 Free Agent 84 9
Oldest in 19 Cliff Avril 32 Free Agent 82 10

Defensive Tackle

DT Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Worst in 03 Glen Steele 27 Bengals 32 3
Worst in 19 Parker Cothren 24 Steelers 58 Rookie
DT Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Best in 03 Warren Sapp 29 Bucs 99 7
Best in 19 Damon Harrison Sr 29 Giants 95 6
DT Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Oldest in 03 John Randle 34 Seahawks 93 12
Oldest in 03 Ted Washington 34 Bears 88 11
Oldest in 19 Kyle Williams 35 Bills 82 12

Left Outside Linebacker

LOLB Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Worst in 03 Twan Russell 28 Dolphins 45 5
Worst in 03 Jack Golden 25 Bucs 45 3
Worst in 19 Vontarrius Dora 25 Cardinals 60 2
Worst in 19 Emmanuel Smith 23 Falcons 60 Rookie
LOLB Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Best in 03 Peter Boulware 27 Ravens 93 5
Best in 19 Von Miller 29 Broncos 99 7
LOLB Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Oldest in 03 Vinson Smith 37 Free Agent 54 14
Oldest in 19 Lorenzo Alexander 35 Bills 78 12

Middle Linebacker

MLB Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Worst in 03 Bobbie Howard 25 Bears 34 2
Worst in 19 Ben Niemann 23 Chiefs 58 Rookie
Worst in 19 Nick DeLuca 23 Titans 58 Rookie
MLB Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Best in 03 Ray Lewis 27 Ravens 99 6
Best in 19 Luke Kuechly 27 Panthers 99 6
MLB Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Oldest in 03 Hardy Nickerson 36 Packers 75 15
Oldest in 19 Karlos Dansby 36 Free Agent 74 14

Right Outside Linebacker

Oddly enough the Cowboys have the best and worst ROLBs in the league on their roster in Madden 19.

ROLB Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Worst in 03 Fred Jones 24 Bills 35 1
Worst in 19 Joel Lanning 23 Cowboys 61 Rookie
Worst in 19 Emmanuel Ellerbee 21 Falcons 61 Rookie
Worst in 19 Cayson Collins 22 Dolphins 61 Rookie
Worst in 19 William Ossai 23 Free Agent 61 Rookie
ROLB Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Best in 03 Junior Seau 33 Chargers 98 12
Best in 19 Sean Lee 32 Cowboys 96 8
ROLB Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Oldest in 03 Roman Phifer 34 Patriots 74 11
Oldest in 19 Terrell Suggs 35 Ravens 86 15
Oldest in 19 Thomas Davis Sr 35 Panthers 83 13

Cornerback

CB Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Worst in 03 Carey Scott 23 Vikings 37 1
Worst in 19 Antwuan Davis 23 Lions 60 Rookie
Worst in 19 D’Montre Wade 23 Chiefs 60 Rookie
Worst in 19 Henre’ Toliver 21 Free Agent 60 Rookie
Worst in 19 Chris Jones 23 Free Agent 60 Rookie
CB Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Best in 03 Sam Madison 28 Dolphins 98 5
Best in 19 Jalen Ramsey 23 Jaguars 97 2
CB Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Oldest in 03 Darrell Green 42 Redskins 81 19
Oldest in 19 Terence Newman 39 Vikings 78 15

Free Safety

FS Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Worst in 03 Jason Doering 24 Colts 41 1
Worst in 03 Jason Perry 26 Chargers 41 2
Worst in 19 Raven Greene 23 Packers 60 Rookie
Worst in 19 Jeremy Reaves 22 Eagles 60 Rookie
Worst in 19 Jameill Showers 26 Cowboys 60 3
FS Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Best in 03 Brian Dawkins 28 Eagles 98 6
Best in 19 Harrison Smith 29 Vikings 97 6
FS Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Oldest in 03 Rod Woodson 37 Raiders 92 15
Oldest in 19 Reggie Nelson 35 Raiders 77 11

Strong Safety

SS Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Worst in 03 Chris Akins 25 Browns 32 3
Worst in 19 Damon Webb II 22 Titans 59 Rookie
SS Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Best in 03 Rodney Harrison 29 Chargers 97 8
Best in 19 Eric Berry 29 Chiefs 97 8
SS Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Oldest in 03 Tim Hauck 35 Free Agent 60 11
Oldest in 19 Mike Adams 37 Panthers 79 14

Kicker

At the time of Madden 03, Neil Rackers was the worst kicker in the game, having only made 29/49 (59.2%) of his career field goals. From this point forward, Rackers went from being the worst kicker to having a very successful career. Over the next 10 seasons, he made 235/281 (83.6%) of his field goals. In 2005, he was named to the Pro Bowl and as an AP First-Team All-Pro.

K Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Worst in 03 Neil Rackers 25 Bengals 34 2
Worst in 19 Michael Badgley 23 Free Agent 69 Rookie
K Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Best in 03 Orlando Mare 29 Dolphins 97 5
Best in 03 Matt Stover 34 Ravens 97 11
Best in 19 Justin Tucker 28 Ravens 86 6
K Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Oldest in 03 Gary Anderson 43 Free Agent 82 20
Oldest in 19 Adam Vinatieri 45 Colts 84 22

Punter

P Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Worst in 03 Brad Costello 27 Free Agent 44 3
Worst in 19 Will Monday 26 Free Agent 67 2
P Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Best in 03 Darren Bennett 37 Chargers 95 7
Best in 19 Johnny Hekker 28 Rams 86 6
P Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Oldest in 03 Sean Landeta 40 Eagles 82 17
Oldest in 03 Lee Johnson 40 Free Agent 76 17
Oldest in 19 Shane Lechler 42 Texans 78 18

Graphs and Madden 03 players in Madden 19

The following three graphs take all the information above and show side by side the comparisons between both games in terms of worst player, best player and oldest player at each position.

Out of the 24 players in Madden 03 who were the worst at there position, none of them were rookies. However, in Madden 19 25/33 (75.75%) of the worst players at each position were rookies. The only positions in Madden 19 where the worst positions players didn’t feature a rookie were QB, RB, FB, WR, TE, and Punter.

Overall rating for worst players at each position for Madden 03 compared to Madden 19

The biggest difference between the two Maddens is how the ratings for the top fullback, kicker, and punter have fallen off of a cliff over the last 16 years.

Overall rating for best players at each position for Madden 03 compared to Madden 19

Madden 03 featured four players 40 or older (C, CB, K, and P) who were the oldest at their respective position. In comparison, Madden 18 has three such players at QB, K, and P.

Age of oldest player(s) at each position for Madden 03 compared to Madden 19

The table below shows the eight players who appear in Madden 03 who are still around in Madden 19. Everything on the left is from 03 (Brady being 24), while the right is from 19 (Brady now being 41).

Current Atlanta Falcons kicker Matt Bryant is the only player in Madden 19 who played during the 2002-03 season (his debut season in the league, Bryant went undrafted in 1999) and was not featured in Madden 03.

Name Team Rating Age Years Pro
Tom Brady NE 84/99 24/41 2/18
Drew Brees SD/NO 71/91 23/39 1/17
Josh McCown ARZ/NYJ 55/78 22/39 R/16
Julius Peppers Car 83/82 22/38 R/16
Adam Vinatieri NE/Ind 91/84 29/45 6/22
Phil Dawson CLE/ARZ 83/78 27/43 3/19
Sebastian Janikowski Oak/Sea 92/81 24/40 2/18
Shane Lechler Oak/Hou 88/78 25/42 2/18

Sources and Info:

Featured Image: “Tom Brady” by Jeffrey Beall is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Used physical disk copies of Madden 03 and Madden 19 to get roster information.

https://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/B/BoweDa20.htm

https://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/R/rackenei01.htm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matt_Bryant#2002_season

https://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/B/bryanmat01.htm

All tables and graphs made using Google Spreadsheet

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