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?