The NFL Network released their annual list of the top 100 players in the league, as voted on by the players themselves. The ranking comes from the votes passed around to NFL players who decide who the best players were the previous season and how good they are going to be in the upcoming season.
While it’s always entertaining to hear the players discuss their teammates and players they have to face, it’s much more entertaining to watch the reactions of the rankings unfold. Even though these rankings have no real bearings on anything, the rankings are bound to get reactions out of people. Here is a collection of some of the reactions for the first half of the rankings so far.
You can view the list of the Top 100 NFL Players of 2014 51-100 here.
#100 Matthew Stafford
Matthew Stafford fell from the 76th spot in 2013 to the very last player in this year’s edition. Stafford’s Lions had a disappointing 7-9 season in 2013 and Stafford threw 19 interceptions.
— Greg Holcomb (@gholcombQB8) June 5, 2014
#81 Colin Kaepernick Colin Kaepernick might be ranked towards the bottom, but he’s getting paid now like he’s right on top. Still, from my perspective I really think he should be saving the kissing of the bicep move for when he’s actually beating teams with his arm instead of his legs.
#76 Von Miller
Von Miller took a serious nose dive in 2014 from his 2013 ranking of #9 to land at 76. That of course has a lot to do with the fact that he played only nine games in 2014 mostly due to a suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. He showed a ton more promise after his first two seasons.
— Lindsay Jones (@bylindsayhjones) June 28, 2013
Oops. #70 Nick Foles Making the list for the first time is Eagle’s QB Nick Foles, who had some monster numbers coming in for Michael Vick in the early part of the season. Still, Foles’ ranking puts him ahead of Tony Romo, Colin Kaepernick and Matthew Stafford.
#61 Troy Polamalu
Troy Polamalu had a fantastic season for the Steelers and it is reflected in his ranking this year, he’s up 30 spots from his previous year ranking. Not too many people have negative things to say about Troy Polamalu, as some will argue that he’s still one of the top safeties in the league. Still, there are always the doubters.
The NFL Top 100 players thing is so ridiculous. There’s no way Troy Polamalu is better than Eric Weddle in the present time.
— Tyler Knode (@iKnodeItAll) May 31, 2014
#58 Joe Flacco I don’t think any player got as many reactions as Joe Flacco did for his ranking at 58 this year. Flacco led the Ravens to an 8-8 season throwing 22 interceptions and 19 touchdowns. The Ravens missed out on the playoffs for the first time in Flacco’s career but apparently the NFL players still wanted to include him on this list higher than Nick Foles, Tony Romo, Colin Kaepernick, and Matthew Stafford. He’s got elite money right? That must make him good.
— Cincy Jungle (@CincyJungle) June 5, 2014
Surely the 1-50 rankings are going to have even more entertaining reactions!