Aaron Rodgers was selected #6 on the NFL Network's Top 100 Players of 2012. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Aaron Rodgers is #6? Are you kidding me?

Aaron Rodgers’ shoulder chip just grew … a whole bunch.

Tonight’s finale of NFL Network’s Top 100 Players of 2012 is chronicling the top 10 countdown with the list continuing as I write this – it will most likely conclude with Adrian Peterson … yes, he was the best player in the NFL last year.

But listing Rodgers at number six – behind Tom Brady and Peyton Manning? That’s simply a travesty and an injustice … and yes, another reason that the chip on Rodgers’ shoulder should continues to grow.

Even NFL.com’s Gregg Rosenthal was appalled:

Adrian Peterson and J.J. Watt have better cases as the best players of last season. Brady and Manning have the edge when it comes to all-timer status. But for 2013, there’s no way I’d pick against Aaron Rodgers in his prime.

What makes Rodgers any different from 2011? He was the same, if not better. As a one-man army, Rodgers continued to tear apart defenses last year single-handedly. He did it with a leaky offensive line (51 sacks) without a running game (Alex Green was the team’s leading rusher with 400-plus yards) and with a receiving corps where Jordy Nelson and Greg Jennings (the team’s top receivers) were out of the lineup more than they were in.

As in all lists, there are imperfections. This one’s blemishes are egregious. And if there’s one that shows just how much this has turned into a popularity contest, it’s the slap in the face of Rodgers tonight.

I can see him staring at his television screen right now wondering WTF?

What else is going through his head? Probably something like … “let’s get this going. I’m ready.”

But as is the case with everything that is Rodgers … he really isn’t paying attention … at least in public. Instead, it seems he’s watching the NBA Draft.

Here’s his most recent tweet:

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  • Mike Brand

    thanks nfl network you just gave the most dangerous qb in the nfl more motivation . going to love this season watching arod breaking records

  • Dan

    Unreal. The NFL Network’s love affair with Brady and Manning continues.

  • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

    As the Pats blogger on the network, I will say that Rodgers was indeed the best of the three last season. The worst of the three? Undoubtedly Manning. His numbers were inflated by having better talent around him, and if you watch him closely you will see that the throws he has to make are much easier than what Brady and Rodgers had to make. Brady has had it rough lately with a slew of injuries and turnover at WR and TE, so I don’t think you should be slamming Brady here. Rodgers should have been ranked higher than Brady, but there is no doubt in my mind that the high rankings for Peyton are getting upsetting. Second best player on the list? Manning? To me, that’s jocular. These rankings are usually OK, but they always have a few very quizzical picks. Manning better than Brady and Rodgers? No way, no how. Brady vs. Rodgers is about even, but I’d be hard-pressed to take Manning over both of them.

    • RayRivard

      Thanks for the comment, Joe. I don’t know. I feel that Brady is better than Manning. I have a gut feeling that Manning is going to take another dive this year. He’s getting old. His arm isn’t what it used to be and I think his neck injury may be more than everyone’s letting on. Hope you are well. Keep up the great work.

      • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

        Thanks, Ray. I put up a poll on my site for this, and Manning was easily the third-best of the three when looking at the votes. Brady is better than Manning (it’s been that way for some time), but these three are all very close. To me, Rodgers has passed the two to claim the torch right now, even if people are too slow to realize that. Thanks for the kind words, Ray. Always love Lombardi Ave, and I figure I should drop by here more often.

  • Tony

    @Dan– Actually, this top 100 list was made by the players, not NFL network. At the end of the day, who cares. It’s silly to nitpick this list. It’s an offseason time waster. Peyton Manning’s aura and infectious personality will continue to dominate public perception of his ability, but he did have a monster year, especially when you consider that he came back from neck surgery and a year hiatus and that he played on a brand new team.

    • Dan

      Easy now, Tony. I was just having a bit of fun. That is the point of all these silly offseason lists, isn’t it? I don’t really care if some rank Rodgers #6 and behind Manning and Brady. I watch the games. I don’t need a list to tell me Rodgers is one of the best players in the league. I think all three quarterbacks are great, but I suspect Rodgers dropped from first to sixth just to cause a reaction and get people discussing. People like change. (Yes, I know the “players” vote for the list, but that doesn’t make it any less biased.)

  • bourbjf

    I am so proud of Aaaron. Wish he could stay 29 forever. Great QB, classy guy and a great heart. GB Packer forever.