Jun 11, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Was Rodgers really the 6th best player in 2012? Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

‘Top 100?’ – What do you think about the Aaron Rodgers ranking?


Let’s be honest, when the NFL Network’s Top 100 players list began a few years back, the majority of fans could have cared less.

Yet, over the past few offseasons it seems as if the list is garnering more and more attention … and criticism. If nothing else, the list gives fans a reason to talk football when not all-that-much is happening around the league.

First things first – while none of us here at lombardiave are exactly fans of those “purple people eaters,” there’s no denying the season that Adrian Peterson had. Did he deserve to be number one? Absolutely!

Yet on the other hand, the case could be made against Peyton Manning at number 2. Opinions vary, but Manning at second overall was more than likely based on his scenario more than his actual play.

Let’s not take anything away from the guy at least, he still turned in a monster year, but to be ranked that much higher than Rodgers based on play alone really doesn’t make all that much sense.

Sure, Manning defied the odds coming back to play after neck surgery, but if one player deserves to be ranked on scenario, it’s Peterson. Many had written him off this year, thinking he wouldn’t even be ready by week one. So what does he do? He nearly breaks the single season rushing record.

Now I’m by no means bad-mouthing Manning or anything of that sort, but Peyton wasn’t exactly out there breaking records left and right the way Peterson nearly did.

I can’t speak on behalf of all of our writers here at Lombardiave, but it would probably be a safe assumption to say we all agree Rodgers should have (in the very least) been in the top five.

Where would you have ranked Rodgers Packers Nation?

Was sixth too low?

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  • Tony

    As a Packer fan I think it’s hilarious people are still talking about this. The exact same article was on the front page of this website just days ago. I’ve said before that Peyton Manning’s aura and infectious personality will always sway public opinion on his ability. It’s why he’s always in the MVP mix, even when he sits out a season (recall the camp of people who thought he should get the award based solely on how bad the Colts did without him). The fact remains that he did come back from neck surgery, played with new personnel, and posted a year that could be considered any mere mortal QB’s career effort. I’m okay with Manning being ahead of Rodgers last year. People seem to forget that this list is for the previous season. It’s not a general ranking. Should Brady have been ahead of Rodgers? Probably not, but the point is that it just doesn’t matter. Between those three guys take your pick. Lots of my fellow Packer fans like to say that this will only augment the chip on Rodgers shoulder. As uncomfortable as it is to think about it, I think the fact that many Packer fans themselves were calling for his head before he even took one regular season snap as a starter probably contributes to the chip on his shoulder more than some silly, meaningless time waster. The season is only weeks away, people. Just hold on…