The NFL Network’s “Top 100” is winding down. There are 20 slots left and if your favorite player or two isn’t up yet odds are slimming down that they will be. Is it possible to guess who most of the remaining players will be on the NFL Network’s “Top 100?” I think with this few people left we can come close to who are remaining on the list.
Let’s go by position to see if we can get some idea who is left. It will be difficult to account for any “old-time” players so I will have to stick with “modern-day” guys.
I’m going to have more luck sticking with positions that are highly visible.
What about quarterbacks, will there be some on the list?
Consider Brett Favre. He is still active and if he isn’t on the list I’ll quit rooting for the Bears which I’m close to doing anyway but I say he is there. Another one that is sure to be there is Johnny Unitas. Unitas was a player that brought the NFL into prominence with the 1958 Championship Game between the Baltimore Colts and Giants. What about his nemesis in that game Y.A. Tittle?
Another quarterback that would seem to be a shoe-in would be Joe Montana. However, what about Jack Kemp, Earl Morrell or John Brodie? What about Dan Fouts or Warren Moon or Ron Jaworski?
Let’s move on to running backs. You know that Jim Brown will be in the top ten players if not number one. Walter Payton will be on the list. Barry Sanders should be on the list. What about the “Golden Boy” Paul Hornung or Jim Taylor. Whoa, what about Larry Csonka?
If we look at receivers you know Jerry Rice has got to be a high (or low) name on the list. Bob Hayes brought speed (flat out speed) to the position. Lynn Swann is one of many that could be named to the last “Top 20” without offense to many.
Defensive lineman Howie Long will be on the list.
Middle linebackers will play a role in the final few names. Consider Dick Butkus as a key name. Of course we won’t be able to leave out Lawrence Taylor.
There are too many players to even consider for these final 20 spots.
Perhaps what we have found is it is impossible to limit thousands of great players into one hundred names.