Asomugha honored by Madden ranking

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

I caught up with Oakland superstar cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha on Thursday in preparation for a future column.

In the midst of our conversation, I asked Asomugha if he had heard that he was tied for the top ranking of all defensive players for the Madden 10 game.

Asomugha was blown away by the news.

"That is very cool," he said. "I can't believe that. I really respect the people who do the research and it is a football-based system."

Asomugha is tied with Albert Haynesworth, Troy Polamalu and Ed Reed for the top spot. Until last year, Asomugha, who will be entering his seventh NFL season, was a well-kept secret. Now, after a season in which he rarely gave up receptions, the true shut-down cornerback is widely considered the premier player at his position.

"I know I'm not going to win many popularity contests, but this is nice," Asomugha said. "It means all the kids that will play Madden will pick me. For kids all that matters are video games ... It means a lot."