As a follow-up to its popular series on the Top 100 players of all time, the NFL Network will count down the Top 100: Players of 2011 in a series that kicks off Saturday at 8 p.m. The 10-part series will introduce players in sets of 10, with 100-91 presented in the first installment. Each of the players will be lauded by a coach, fellow player or some member of the media. A sneak peek of the series is airing Wednesday at 8:30 p.m.
Some noteworthy aspects of the Top 100:
- Quarterbacks are only the third-most represented position on the list with 12. Wide receivers are the top position represented with 18 ranked players, followed by defensive ends with 13.
- The Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers are tops in team representation with 7 players
- Three 2010 rookies appear on the list
- 57 of the 100 ranked players are first-round draft picks
- Only one Heisman Trophy winner made the cut of 100.
- No kickers or punters made the top 100.
One Heisman Trophy winner? I’m guessing it’s Charles Woodson and not this guy. As for no kickers or punters, well, that’s not a surprise, since most football players refuse to admit that special teams comprise one-third of the game.
Meanwhile, some of the presenters include:
- Peyton Manning
- Bill Belichick
- Maurice Jones-Drew
- Larry Fitzgerald
- Sean Payton
- Brian Westbrook
- Andy Reid
- Terrell Owens
Will Jones-Drew be introducing Jay Cutler? That’d be a nice touch.
Following Saturday’s premiere (which will air following day three of the NFL draft), the Top 100: Players of 2011 will air Sundays at 8 p.m. on the NFL Network.