In the midst of a season-threatening lockout, the NFL Network recently compiled its list of the league’s best 100 players, as voted on by the players. It’s a dastardly and devious attempt to take our minds off the lockout, while simultaneously reminding us how much we miss the sport. Cunning move, Monsieur Goodell.
Most of us already side with the players in the current dispute. After all, it’s not the owners’ jerseys we accidentally spill wing sauce on every Sunday afternoon. We don’t need that much more propaganda to remind us how badly we crave resolution, but lists like these always make for fun debate.
So until we have real football to talk about, let’s continue living in denial. Here’s the Top 100 list the good folks at the NFL Network have compiled, along with my own personal commentary:
100.D. McNabb Redskins, QB – Sympathy vote, right? Oh, and where would players rank Brett Favre had he re-unretired in 2011… which still might happen, by the way. Keep your fingers crossed.
99.C. Clifton Packers, OT
98.D. McFadden Raiders, RB – McFaddenhasn’t quite lived up to his potential as Oakland’s #4 pick, but hey, at least he’s no Jamarcus Russell!
97.S. Phillips Chargers, DE
96.N. Collins Packers, S
95.J. Beason Panthers, LB
94.F. Gore 49ers, RB – A few years ago, he’d have to be Top 50, right?
93.E. Berry Chiefs, S – 93rd already? The kid just got in the league last year!The future looks bright in Kansas City.
92.L. Briggs Bears, LB
91.T. Owens Bengals, WR – Terrelle Owens? Really? Isn’t that popcorn stale yet?
90.J. Flacco Ravens, QB
89.A. Wilson Cardinals, S
88.V. Davis 49ers, TE – I WANT WINNERS!!!
87.J. Gross Panthers, OT
86.J. Freeman Buccaneers, QB – As a Bucs fan, me likey mucho!!