3. Barry Sanders
Most Dominant Year: 1999
Throwing the ball has always been a heckuva lot more fun than running it in Madden, but just before he retired, Barry Sanders changed that. The Detroit Lions' Hall of Fame tailback was always scary shifty and ridiculously fast, and Madden 1999 duplicated those abilities flawlessly, showing for the first time just how dangerous a super-speedy rusher could be. It's a shame he retired just before the PlayStation 2 era, because he robbed gamers of a chance to run really run roughshod when the Madden series hit its stride. But this is still the guy who paved the way for the likes of Chris Johnson and Adrian Peterson.