Derwin James might just be the GOAT when it comes to "Madden" — at least among NFL players.
The Chargers safety made light work of his competition in the video game tournament set up by The Checkdown and EA Sports to help aid COVID-19 relief efforts. His biggest victory came in the championship game Thursday night, 52-3 over Chiefs wideout Tyreek Hill.
After his convincing triumph, James told The Checkdown panelists he had promised a kid he would get 50. James kept that pledge with one final touchdown with under a minute left to play.
This tournament title comes on the heels of an 80-16 thrashing of Michael Vick to win the ESPORTS Madden Invitational.
James' performance caught the attention of several NFL players, including fellow Chargers defensive back Desmond King II.
I don’t think nobody can beat @DerwinJames you Have to show me otherwise— Desmond E. King II (@blaqbadger14) April 3, 2020
King might not be embellishing. According to Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey, who played with James at Florida State and claims to be his best friend, Ramsey has never seen James lose in a tournament.
James responded to Ramsey's tweet with the phrase "4L" and the "100" emoji, which seems to indicate that he can only recall ever losing four Madden tournaments. We're not sure how many tournaments he has played, but that's got to be a pretty impressive record if that's the case.
Not only is a James a high-caliber player, but he's also a high-quality trash talker. After Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes tweeted in support of Hill ahead of the championship game, saying Hill was "too nice on the sticks," James responded and asked him to make sure to tune in. Luckily for Mahomes, he missed out on the ensuing blowout (maybe he was watching ESPN's re-air of the 2006 Rose Bowl).
I’m glad i didn’t witness that https://t.co/olA0wpa8A0— Patrick Mahomes II (@PatrickMahomes) April 3, 2020
Hill, however, saw it all:
I hate Madden rn— Ty Hill (@cheetah) April 3, 2020