Which teams got players into the NFL Network’s “Top 100?” You may be surprised at what teams got the most players in, and perhaps which teams had very few players. A few teams failed to get any players into the “Top 100.”
There were two teams that tied for the most players at eight. They were my Chicago Bears and America’s Team, the Dallas Cowboys. The Bears were primarily represented by running backs like Walter Payton and linebackers like Dick Butkus. The Cowboys were represented by quarterbacks like Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman and offensive and defensive players like Bob Lilly, Michael Irvin and Emmitt Smith.
There were three teams with seven players. They were the Packers, Rams and Colts. The Packers and the Rams tended to be represented by older players, while the Colts had both older and modern-day players, these two eras being represented by Johnny Unitas and Peyton Manning.
Two teams had six players. They were the Raiders and the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Cleveland Browns and New York Giants each had five players.
Only the San Francisco 49ers had four players. That surprised me, as did the fact the Steelers only had six, since both the 49ers and the Steelers were dominant in certain decades.
Several teams had three players. They were the Eagles, Lions, Ravens, Patriots, Cardinals, Chargers, Vikings and Chiefs. I was surprised that the Vikings only had three, considering the fact they had four trips to the Super Bowl.
The Buccaneers, Oilers/Titans, Redskins and Bills had two players apiece. Once again, I was surprised at the players for the Bills who were left out, and I wonder if, in the case of the Bills and the Vikings, it was because they lost four Super Bowls.
Teams with only one player included the Jets, Bengals, Dolphins, Falcons and Broncos. I was surprised at the lack of Broncos and Dolphins. Again, where was Larry Csonka?
There were some teams that were not represented at all. They were the Jacksonville Jaguars, Houston Texans, New Orleans Saints Carolina Panthers and Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks and Saints notably have players who should have been named.
That is the skinny, as they say. I have wailed several times at how little I respect the so-called “Top 100.” We will start soon to examine it in a different way.
NFL Network’s Website, “The Top 100: NFL’s Greatest Players”
NFL Website, “Standings”