NFL Top 100

The NFL Top 100 is an annual list that features the top one hundred players in the National Football League (NFL), as chosen by fellow NFL players. The rankings are based on an off-season poll organized by the NFL, whereby players vote on their peers based on their performance for the recent NFL season. Only players that are not retired in the next season are eligible for consideration.[1] In the eight-year history of the countdown, only Tom Brady has been voted No. 1 multiple times (2011, 2017, 2018).

NFL Top 100
NFL Top 100 logo
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons8
No. of episodes88
Production
Running time3–9 minutes (per player)
Release
Original networkNFL Network
Original releaseApril 30, 2011 –
present
Chronology
Related showsNFL Top 10
External links
Official website

Series overview

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 11 April 30, 2011 July 3, 2011
2 11 April 28, 2012 June 27, 2012
3 11 April 27, 2013 June 27, 2013
4 11 May 10, 2014 July 9, 2014
5 11 May 6, 2015 July 8, 2015
6 11 May 4, 2016 July 6, 2016
7 11 May 1, 2017 June 26, 2017
8 11 April 30, 2018 June 25, 2018

2011

Tom Brady 2011
Tom Brady, the #1 player of 2011, 2017, and 2018

NFL Network released ten episodes, each revealing ten players on the list during the 2011 offseason. The first episode, revealing the players ranked #100 through #91 was aired on April 30, 2011. The list's top 10 players were revealed when the tenth episode of the 2011 list was aired on July 3, 2011. The list, and series, began with the #100 ranked player, Washington Redskins quarterback, Donovan McNabb[2] and ended when New England Patriots quarterback and 2010 NFL MVP Tom Brady was selected as the number one ranked player.[3]

2012

AaronRodgers
Aaron Rodgers, the #1 player of 2012

The NFL Top 100 list returned for the 2012 NFL season. The season ran from April 28 to June 27, 2012. The list began with Tennessee Titans running back, Chris Johnson,[4] and concluded the reveal of the number one ranked player, and the 2011 MVP, Green Bay Packers quarterback, Aaron Rodgers.[5] Each episode of the season was followed up by NFL Top 100 Reaction Show, which featured NFL Network analysts reacting and voicing their opinions on the ten most recent players revealed on the list.[6]

2013

Adrian Peterson (cropped)
Adrian Peterson, the #1 player of 2013

The NFL Top 100 list returned for the 2013 NFL season. The season ran from April 27 to June 27, 2013.[7] The list began with Baltimore Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta.[8] The number one ranked player of 2013 was Adrian Peterson, the 2012 MVP.

2014

Peyton Manning - Broncos
Peyton Manning, the #1 player of 2014

The NFL Top 100 list returned for the 2014 NFL season. The season ran from May 10 to July 9, 2014. The number one ranked player of 2014 was Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning.

2015

JJ Watt
J.J. Watt, the #1 player of 2015

The NFL Top 100 list returned for the 2015 NFL season. The season ran from May 6 to July 8, 2015. The number one ranked player of 2015 was Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt. It marked the first year a defensive player ranked #1. It was also the first time the #1 ranked player was not the reigning MVP of the league. The reigning MVP of that season, Aaron Rodgers, was ranked number two.

2016

Cam Newton 2014
Cam Newton, the #1 player of 2016

The NFL Top 100 list returned for the 2016 NFL season. The season ran from on May 4 to July 6, 2016. The number one ranked player of 2016 was Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton. Marcell Dareus and Steve Smith fell out of Top 100, but were in honorable mentions list alongside Jameis Winston.

2017

The NFL Top 100 list returned for the 2017 NFL season. The season ran from on May 1 to June 26, 2017. The number one ranked player of 2017 was New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, becoming the first player to be voted No. 1 more than once. It was also the second time the #1 ranked player was not the reigning MVP of the league.[9] Matt Ryan, The reigning MVP of that season was ranked number ten.

2018

The NFL Top 100 list returned for the 2018 NFL season. The season ran from on April 30 to June 25, 2018. The number one ranked player of 2018 was New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, marking his third time being voted No. 1.

References

  1. ^ Where Would Manning, Megatron & Other Retirees Be on the Top 100 Players of 2016?
  2. ^ "Top 100: Donovan McNabb". National Football League. April 27, 2011. Retrieved May 10, 2013.
  3. ^ Aashish Sharma (July 4, 2011). "Tom Brady Named NFL's Top Player of 2011: Why He Will Go Down as the Greatest". Bleacher Report. Retrieved May 10, 2013.
  4. ^ Michael David Smith (April 29, 2012). "Chris Johnson falls 87 spots in NFL Top 100 ranking". Pro Football Talk. NBC Sports. Retrieved May 10, 2013.
  5. ^ Network Ranking (June 27, 2012). "'The Top 100: Players of 2012': Aaron Rodgers". National Football League. Retrieved May 10, 2013.
  6. ^ "Top 100 reaction: Biggest surprise". National Football League. April 28, 2012. Retrieved May 10, 2013.
  7. ^ Sara Bibel (April 19, 2013). "NFL Network Presents 'The Top 100 Players of 2013'". TV by the Numbers. Zap 2 it. Retrieved May 10, 2013.
  8. ^ Aaron Wilson (April 29, 2013). "Dennis Pitta Named NFL's 100th-best player". Ravens Insider. Baltimore Sun. Retrieved May 10, 2013.
  9. ^ NFL (2017-06-26), #1: Tom Brady (QB, Patriots) | Top 100 Players of 2017 | NFL, retrieved 2017-06-27
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NFL Top 100 Players of 2011

The NFL Top 100 Players of 2011 was the first season of the series. It ended with reigning NFL MVP Tom Brady being ranked #1, while Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgers was ranked #11.

NFL Top 100 Players of 2012

The NFL Top 100 Players of 2012 was the second season of the series. It ended with reigning NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers being ranked #1, while Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning was ranked #31.

NFL Top 100 Players of 2013

The NFL Top 100 Players of 2013 was the third season of the series. It ended with reigning NFL MVP Adrian Peterson being ranked #1, while Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco was ranked #19.

NFL Top 100 Players of 2014

The NFL Top 100 Players of 2014 was the fourth season in the series. It ended with reigning NFL MVP Peyton Manning being ranked No.1, while Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith was not ranked on the list.

NFL Top 100 Players of 2015

The NFL Top 100 Players of 2015 was the fifth season in the series. It ended with reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year J. J. Watt being ranked #1, thus marking the first year in the history of the countdown that the reigning NFL MVP was not ranked #1 (Aaron Rodgers was ranked #2). Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady was ranked #3.

NFL Top 100 Players of 2016

The NFL Top 100 Players of 2016 was the sixth season in the series. It aired on May 4, 2016. It ended with reigning NFL MVP Cam Newton being ranked #1. The Kansas City Chiefs had the most players selected with nine, while the Chicago Bears were the only team with no selections.

NFL Top 100 Players of 2017

The NFL Top 100 Players of 2017 was the seventh season in the series. It ended with reigning Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady being ranked #1. This made Brady the first player to be voted #1 more than once. It was also just the second time the #1 ranked player was not the reigning NFL MVP of the league, as Matt Ryan came in at #10.

Of the 32 NFL teams, only 3 did not have players that made the list; The Chicago Bears, New York Jets, and San Francisco 49ers.

NFL Top 100 Players of 2018

The NFL Top 100 Players of 2018 was the eighth season in the series. It ended with reigning NFL MVP Tom Brady being ranked #1, making him the only player to be voted #1 three times, already being the only player to be voted first more than once. For the second time in the list's history, the Super Bowl MVP (Nick Foles) failed to rank.

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