In a recent column on NFL.com, a number of analysts gave their insight as to whom they thought should have been included in the player-voted 'top 100' list. The list itself is designed to rank players based on their position in league going into the 2011 season.
Only three New York Giants were included on this list: Justin Tuck, Chris Snee, and Antrel Rolle. As most Giants fans have seen by now, Eli Manning was not included in the list.
One acute NFL.com analyst contends that perhaps the players should have widened their gaze when considering who should be counted among the 'top 100.'
I said it before, and I'll say it again: Eli Manning should have been in the "Top 100."
It is now becoming clear that this sentiment is not exclusive to fans of the New York Giants, and that there are fans and analysts all over who believe that Eli should have been included.
He threw more touchdown passes than Michael Vick, Josh Freeman, Ben Roethlisberger, Philip Rivers and Aaron Rodgers, all of whom were on the list.
Eli Manning was not the only Giant whom NFL.com experts believed should have made he list.
Just ask Jason LaCanfora.
Umenyiora excels as a commodity in short supply in the league — getting after the passer — and he creates plays that can shift momentum in favor of the Giants. Say what you want about Umenyiora's issues against the run, but the Giants have found ways to use him very effectively over the years.
Though Umenyiora has become a controversial figure among Giants fans (and maybe within the Giants organization as well), there is no denying the impact that he does have on the game and the production that he has had when healthy.
Could someone who is not among the top 100 players have six sacks in a game? Or set an NFL record for forced fumbles in a season?
What about Hakeem Nicks?
Nicks is a player who, despite missing four games with injury, Nicks finished 4th in the NFL in touchdown receptions, 11th in total receiving yards, 5th in yards per game, and 12th in receptions.
Every single one of those stats is better than Terrell Owens, who made the list.
His being left off the list could not have been a result of his injury, as Tony Romo missed nearly half the season with injury and still made the list.
If I were Tom Coughlin, I would post this list in the locker room on the first day of training camp. For professional athletes and competitors, it stings to know that your peers think so little of you.
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