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Seahawks safety Earl Thomas (second from left) and linebacker Bobby Wagner face off in a game of Madden NFL 16 at the PAX gaming convention in Seattle.

Earl Thomas isn’t quite satisfied with his player rating in Madden NFL 16, even though the Seahawks star is the second-highest ranked safety in the just-released Madden game.

“I think I’m 99,” Thomas said when asked if his 95 rating was good enough.

We had a chance to catch up with the confident 26-year-old at the huge PAX Prime gaming convention in Seattle this weekend, where he was hanging out at the Courtyard Hotels’ gaming lounge with fellow All-Pro Seahawk Bobby Wagner.

The teammates spent some time playing Madden against each other — Thomas beat Wagner with two close victories, 10-7 and 7-0 — and afterward we caught up with two of Seattle’s top defensive specialists.


I ran into Thomas at Bungie’s big launch event for Destiny last year and after speaking with him at PAX, I was curious to know how geeky the fifth-year starter was.

“I don’t want to say I’m a geek,” he said. “I think I’m Earl Thomas.”

Thomas added that he’s simply a competitor and he’s down to try anything that sparks his interest — like Madden or Destiny, for example.

But while he’s a big gamer — Thomas proclaimed he’s the best Madden player on the team — technology isn’t exactly his expertise.

“I’m not good with technology, man,” said the Texas native. “I’m a country boy and I like it simple and plain.”

However, Thomas did say he loves how technology helps him improve his craft on the field. He specifically pointed to watching videos of past plays after the game and during practice — soon, Thomas may be able to do so on the sidelines during regular season games, too.

“When you talk about technology and sports, I love to watch myself on film,” he said. “I love to watch every movement. It’s the biggest thing that helps me get better.”

IMG_1761Wagner, the linebacker who signed a four-year, $43 million contract extension last month, also said he likes watching film and noted the speed of which he’s able to get the files after a game or practice.

“I’m excited about just being able to get everything faster,” he said.

Wagner called himself “tech-savvy,” and said his favorite games right now are Madden and Call of Duty on the Xbox One.

“I like to play with my nephews a bunch and I need to make sure I stay up with these games so they never beat me,” said Wagner, who added that his favorite apps are Twitter, Instagram, Flipboard, and iBooks.

As for his Madden rating — 92, which ranks third among all linebackers — Wagner said it’s motivation to be better.

“You’re never happy with not being the best,” he said. “There’s just room for improvement.”

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