NFL Network Top 100 Players of 2012: Date, TV Info, Predictions and More
With the NFL Network’s 2012 version of the annual list of top players in the league scheduled to begin airing on April 28, the excitement over the football season is starting to make diehard fans sad.
Will the NFL Network Top 100 Live Up to the Hype?
As much as it hurts, the weekly series that reveals the top players in the league will have to give us our fix. The 10-week run will give fans enough football to make the offseason bearable. Or at least that’s what we’re hoping for.
When: Saturday, April 28, 8:00 p.m. ET, subsequent episodes every Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. ET
Watch: NFL Network
Live Stream: NFL.com
Question No. 1: Will Tim Tebow Make the List?
With little respect from analysts, it opens the floodgates for the players voting to shoot their mouth off and demean the star's play. The bottom line is that he wins and players won’t see that.
Question No. 2: Why Did It Take Eli So Long to Make the List?
Answer: Eli = Rodney Dangerfield; they get no respect.
While Dangerfield was far funnier, the similarities are scary. The players in the NFL have never held Eli Manning in high regard, yet he is one of the best QBs in the NFL every season. That’s called no respect.
Question No. 3: Will Peyton Manning Make the List and Where?
OK. I don’t know the exact number, but there is no way that he can fall much further than No. 66. With plenty of players having faced him, they will show Peyton the respect he deserves; unlike Eli.
What They’re Saying
NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport expresses his joy for the list:
Sweeeeeet. The @nflnetwork's Top 100: Players of 2012 premieres on April 28 at 8. I'm such a sucker for these. 39 new players including Eli— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 18, 2012
Giants’ insider for the Star-Ledger Mike Garafolo can’t help but sound a bit jaded about Eli’s debut on the top 100:
NFL Network, which left Eli off it's top 100 players list last year, just sent out a release touting his "debut" on this year's list. #nyg— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) April 18, 2012
Not to be outdone, NFL draft expert and Bleacher Report lead writer Matt Miller teased the B/R 1000 unveiling April 19:
NFL Network's Top 100 players comes out this month. Our Top 1,000 list is almost finished: bleacherreport.com/nfl1000— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) April 13, 2012
There can be cases made for many other players at other positions, but I feel Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers will be the No. 1 player this year in the NFL Network’s Top 100.
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