The NFL Network filled an offseason of labor dispute with a great distraction: the Top 100 Players of 2011. The program was a follow-up of the wildly popular Top 100 Players of All Time.
The 2011 version was not as popular with fans, but it was entertaining in its own right.
One of the reasons that it was entertaining is because of the debates that it instigated. Inevitably a list such as this is going to cause discord and disagreement among fans with allegiances with or biases against certain players.
What made this list interesting is that the players supposedly voted on the order. I say supposedly because numerous players have said publicly that they did not vote on the list.
Still though, it has been determined that some players did create the order, even if a good amount of the league was left out of the voting.
Who better to rank the top 100 players of the NFL than the people that compete against them, right? Well, in my humble opinion there were some major injustices done. Some players were ranked way too high, way too low, or were unfairly left of the list all together.
One common theme is that the program is unclear as to whether this is a rating of players’ abilities as of right now, or if it is more of a lifetime achievement award. While this causes considerable confusion, there are some other players that don’t belong where they are rated no matter the criteria.
So here’s my take on players that were misplaced on the list. Have a disagreement with my opinions or additional thoughts on players that were given too much or too little credit? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter (@JakeBRB).