Houshmandzadeh, an avid Madden video-game player in the past, is boycotting "Madden NFL 10" over what he considered low ratings for himself.
Houshmandzadeh commented to Cowherd: "I understand I averaged 10 yards a catch, but it's the offense, not me. I'm not playing Madden no more until they get my rating right. ... I used to be the best in the world at Madden. I'm going to miss not playing it, but until they do me right, I'm not playing it any more."
Madden ranked Houshmandzadeh as the sixth-best receiver in the NFC, behind Larry Fitzgerald (99), Steve Smith (97), Anquan Boldin (94), Roddy White (93) and Calvin Johnson (92). Houshmandzadeh was at 91. I'm not sure what Houshmandzadeh wants. Madden ranked him 95 or higher in catching, injury, stamina, toughness, catch in traffic and route-running. Some of his lower marks were in strength and elusiveness.