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The Useless & Bogus NFL Top 100 Players List

Tom Brady was named number 1 on the NFL top 100 2011 players listMy name is Terri Bey, and for my debut blog for, I will be discussing the completely ridiculous “NFL Top 100 Players of 2011 List” which was supposedly voted “by the players that concluded this past Sunday night on NFL Network.

Honestly, I would like to know which players actually vote as hardly anyone knows of any. that did. Ryan Clark of the Steelers said on Twitter he had no knowledge of any one who voted. From looking at the results, many of them mind-boggling, Even though the year was for 2011, according to NFLN, the voting criteria was supposed to be for the play of 2010. I wondered if any of them were paying attention to the play of the players or were they asleep.

Let me make one thing clear before I continue. I do not like lists. Sure, they create discussions and arguments and fans, including myself all feel good or bad or whatever because their favorite placed high or low on a list. However, the reason I don’t like them, is the same reason I am not a huge fan of Halls of Fame: Lists, much like Halls of Fame are voted on by HUMANS. What do humans have? They have their political agendas, biases, attitudes, prejudices, etc, and they use that to vote FOR and to vote AGAINST a player or artist (like the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame having ABBA in but no KISS). I feel with this PARTICULAR list, some players got on there because of legacies, and popularity, and not because of their play in 2010. Some players, in my opinion were voted too high or too low because the voters possibly held things against said player.

[adinserter block=”2″]Well, let’s get onto my opinion about this list. I am not going to analyze every single player, but there were a bunch that really annoyed me so here we go:

What on earth was Donovan McNabb doing on the list at all??? Look, the man had a great career, but, did anyone pay attention? He had a HORRIBLE 2010. Awful. He was benched for REX GROSSMAN of all people. I know he has a legacy, but did not belong on the list. Tony Romo for me was another head scratcher. I don’t know about anyone else, but I thought he missed 10 games with a broken collar bone in 2010. Why was he on the list? I know the Cowboys are popular, but seriously. Everyone else that was picked deserved to be on the list, even though I think Joe Flacco is a bit iffy,

Now, to the rankings which really irked me. The ONLY rankings that the players got correct was Tom Brady being ranked #1, and Peyton Manning being ranked #2. It is hard to fathom anyone else but Brady. In 2010, Brady was the ONLY NFL MVP to be voted a UNANIMOUS MVP, and went through 2010 with only what, 4 INTs. I know Peyton has all the commercials, and ESPN loves him to death, but even Peyton has never been voted unanimous MVP in the 4 times he has been awarded that honor. I mean, so what if the Jets beat the Pats in the playoffs? Even the great racehorses get beat. Tom deserved to get the #1 spot.

Now to the others that the players just swung and missed. Why on earth is Ray Lewis #4? In other words, he was voted the BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER in the NFL for 2010. IF this was for the year 2000, I would have no problem. Lewis is well respected as a player, and a leader, and overcame the off the field issues he had. This is the perfect example of a player being voted higher than he should because of who he is. While I respect him, he is not the Ray Lewis of old. No way he should be in the Top 5. I don’t understand the love for Ed Reed. He is not nearly as accomplished as Troy Polamalu (Troy 2 rings. Ed : ZERO). Ed is a great player, but I would have ranked Troy over Reed. I don’t think Reed is a top ten player.

The one ranking that REALLY annoyed me for awhile is Ben Roethlisberger at #41. This was a total travesty, especially since Philip Rivers was ranked #26, and Aaron Rodgers was ranked #11, and Michael Vick #20. What QB play were these players watching??? Of course, when it comes to Big Ben, everyone all of a sudden does what I call, “finds religion.” What I mean is, people start acting all pious, and stuff, and act like they are better than he is morally. I suspect these players held Big Ben’s wild offseasons against him and don’t think of him as an “elite QB” because he doesn’t put up pretty numbers like Brees (#9) and Peyton do. I do find it interesting that these players rank a convicted felon (Vick) 21 spots over Big Ben who has NEVER BEEN charged with anything but was just suspended by the NFL. Hmmmmm.

[adinserter block=”1″]I also found it interesting that Rivers’ Chargers were #1 in Defense, and #1 in Offense, but Rivers and his Chargers didn’t even make the playoffs, yet he is ranked over Ben who lead his team to a Super Bowl? Rivers has YET to lead his team to ONE Super Bowl, while Ben who was in the same draft class mind you, has lead the Steelers to THREE, and won TWO. Also, we have Aaron Rodgers who won ONE Super Bowl, over the Steelers, and because of that, he is ranked #11? I think that is way too high.

I thought DeMarcus Ware should have been in the top 5. Wes Welker was way too low. I would have had him in the top 25 at least. Big Ben would have been in the top 10. Darrell Revis and Julius Peppers would have been in the Top 20. Michael Vick would have been in the 50’s or so. I just don’t think Vick is a very good QB honestly.

I just thought this list was just bogus. The placement of a lot of the players just didn’t make any sense to me. I get annoyed at lists by the so called “experts” on both NFLN and ESPN, but I THOUGHT that MAYBE the players since they play the game will give us a more reasonable list. I was wrong.

Thanks for reading.

Terri Bey currently blogs for about Wrestling, NFL, and other sports/pop culture related subjects. Her work has appeared in BleacherReport and for Terri can be found here at Facebook- and at Twitter-

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  1. to suggest that ben rothelisberger should be ranked higher thatn aaron rodgers is obsurd. this is a list of the top players and like someone else said earlier, statistics are a more important factor than superbowl rings in this case. stats speak to individual performance, rings speak to team accomplishments. rodgers in my opinion wasn't ranked high enough. 3,922yds 28tds in an injury plagued season for the packers is remarkable. brees was ranked too high in my opinion. shaub is better than romo

  2. ESPN loves Brady more? I don't think so. I have several nicknames for that network. The Michael Vick Network, the Dallas Cowgirl Network, and the Peyton Manning Network. During the NFL season, those are the three NFL players/teams you hear about. Now, it is becoming the NY Jets network.

    I find it interesting that the Brady haters say it is a team sport and rings don't matter. However, with Peyton Manning, THEN people will say the ring matters, and all of a sudden, it is all Peyton Manning and it is not a team sport. However, people like to discredit Tom Brady's accomplishments and say it is a team accomplishment.

    The funny part is that when the Colts lose in the playoffs like they always do, except the 2006 (they were lucky to get that one) SB, people give all sorts of excuses as to why Peyton Manning is 9-10 in the playoffs. You gave one yourself, Drew. He had to play on a team with injuries. Newsflash, the 2003 (I think) SB winning Patriots played with a lot of guys injured. The 2008 Patriots had an 11-5 season with Patriots going down left and right including Brady.

    The funny part is that everyone gives reasons for the Colts losing in the playoffs EXCEPT FOR MANNING. Even in their SB LOSS to the SAINTS, everyone from Reggie Wayne to the O Line to the ball boy was to blame except Manning. After the playoff loss to the Jets, idiots on ESPN, and that dope Jim Rome and idiot fans were calling Brady overrated and crap despite the fact that super man Peyton couldn't beat the Paper Planes either. 17-16 Jets? Are you serious? With that skeleton crew that Peyton had, he still couldn't beat the Jets?? Of course, Peyton is perfect and can't do any wrong, right?

    I never said it was a KNOCK on Peyton that he wasn't unanimously voted MVP, I just simply said that it was logical that since Tom WAS unanimously voted MVP, that he should have been #1. He did , if you are so in love with stats, just have FOUR INTS IN THE YEAR 2010. Don't you think that's important?

    I mean, so what if I brought in past accomplishments? You can't really block that out when voting (which is why I hate lists to begin with). It is is the huge problem I have as a fan of figure skating, especially decades ago when they had the East Block judges vs the West Block judges and such. A lot of times the judges would give marks to a skater depending on their reputation instead of what was happening on the ice . The players who voted ARE going to take into consideration the players' past and such which they shouldn't have, but they did. I mean, why on earth was McNabb on the list? This is why , IMO Ray Lewis wound up so high on the list in the first place even though he is NO WHERE NEAR where he was in his prime. Players may have voted him that hight because of his reputation, because he is well respected as a player, and a sure fire HOFer, and a leader, and like you implied Drew, maybe there were a lot of Ravens on the list.

    I think DeMarcus Ware is one of the top LBs in the NFL. I certainly would put him in the top ten, and I LOATHE the Cowboys. I sure as hell would put him in the top ten over Ray Lewis who is not what he was and everyone knows it. Welker is fantastic as a wider receiver, and is very valuable to the Patriots. His absence from that first drive in the playoff game against the Jets made it very obvious.

    I just love this put down: "system player." Every player plays in a system. Even Peyton.

    Thanks for commenting Drew. We may not agree, but I respect you for at least commenting on the merits of the article. Much appreciated.

  3. I would agree that the top of the list seemed very Raven heavy. Since no one seems to know any of the players who actually were involved in the vote, I'm thinking there were multiple Ravens on that voting board.

    How is it somehow a knock on Manning that he has never been unanimously voted MVP in the FOUR TIMES that he has won the award. ESPN loves Manning? They love Brady way more! Everyone notes how much Brady did with nothing- but so did Manning. The Colts faced as many, if not more injuries and Manning made just as many no-name guys household names. To me, the fact that they're 1 and 2 basically sets them the same. Everyone knows that you can't really separate one of these guys over the other one.

  4. First of all, rings speak more to a team and not individual player talents. This is a top player list and for that reason stats are very important. Also, you mentioned that this list was for play last year's play, so if we're talking rings only then the top 56 players should all be Packers and Tom Brady would not be number 1. If you're going to keep this analysis to one year, then you cannot bring up past superbowls.

    Why would you have Ware and Welker higher? In my opinion they're both system guys that woulsn't be nearly as good on a different team.

    Michael Vick had an amazing year. Top 50s? Yeah number 20 is in the top 50. And 20 is right about where he belongs.

  5. It looks like the schools today do not teach reading comprehension. Just saying. I wonder why the ENTIRE ARTICLE wasn't critiqued, and only the part about the Ravens are focused on? I talked about McNabb extensively. I went on about Romo. No one ASSUMED I was a Giants fan. I went on about how Tom Brady should have been #1, and Peyton should have been #2. No one assumed I was a Patriot fan. Very weird how people are ASSUMING I have to be a Steeler fan because I criticized St. Reed, and St. Lewis, and St. Flacco. To be honest, I would have removed Flacco and put Eli Manning in there instead. At least Manning WON a SB.

    Sorry. Rings over stats. I really don't see what team I support assumed or otherwise has anything to do with it.

    Again, I AM A FEMALE, NOT A "GUY."

  6. Condescending much? Sour grapes Ravens fan much? No WOMAN named "Terri" is addressed as "son," my dear. NFL teams are in the game to win the SUPER BOWL, not stats. If they were, Peyton Manning and those Colts would have a Lombardi every years if it were based on stats. Where I come from, NFL is NOT MLB. Rings over Stats. Period.

    Ed Reed can't even tackle anymore. No way is he a top ten player, not when you have DeMarcus Ware who is way down the list at about 13 or so. Flacco is not all that. He is not even listed as a top 5 player when the "experts" give their lists. I mean, what does Flacco got? An aging and overrated TJ Houshmezahdeh, and an aging Derrick Mason? He has a broken down Todd Heap?

  7. must be a steelers fan. Yea Ed Reed doesnt have 2 rings but take a look at his career numbers and compare them to your boy Troy and i bet you are shocked. Ed Reed was out for 6 games on the PUP list and still led the league in interceptions. Thats top 10 son!

    Flacco is under rated if anything and what about Mike Jones?


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