NFL Network Top 100 NFL players: #30 – 21October 25, 2010
The eighth installment of the NFL Network’s 100 Greatest NFL Players list aired Thursday night with players 30 – 21. The more and more I watch this series the more and more I love it. No quips about this installment. I feel like everyone is where they should be. The next list of players 20 – 11 will air on the NFL Network October 28th at 9pm EST.
30. Dick Night Train Lane, CB Detroit Lions/Chicago Cardinals/Los Angeles Rams
The Godfather of Cornerbacks hands down. Night Train was his nickname for a reason…if you were lucky enough to catch a pass on him, you might as well have not caught it because you were going to pay in a major way. But he could cover also like no one else’s business. Still holds the record for most picks in a season with 14….as a ROOKIE. Oh yeah, this was back in the days when they played 14 games also.
29. Jack Lambert, LB Los Angeles Rams
The anchor of the great Steeler defenses. The 1976 NFL Defensive Player of the year, also the toughest sumna bitch you’ll ever see play a game of football.
28. Emmitt Smith, RB Dallas Cowboys
Limitations didn’t limit Emmitt. Too short, no biggie, not fast enough, cool. He simply is the NFL’s all-time rushing leader. They’re were faster backs, quicker backs, and bigger backs. But you’d be hard pressed to find a back with better vision and anticipation. The closest thing to Magic Johnson on a football field that I’ve ever seen. Please don’t give me the he had the best offensive line bullshit either. When Emmitt held out in 1995, he Cowboys went 0-2.
27. Merlin Olsen, DT
Overshadowed by Deacon Jones, but it was much of his destruction and double teams that got Deacon all the love.
26. Bob Lily, DT
Leader of the Doomsday Defense and nicknamed Mr. Cowboy…what more do you want?
25. Dan Marino, QB Miami Dolphins
One Super Bowl win would have catapulted him into the top 10 easy. The quickest release of all-time.
24. John Hannah, G
You don’t get named best Offensive Lineman by SI for nothing.
23. John Elway, QB Denver Broncos
Think about his legacy and his place on this list versus Marino. His last two years immensely helped him. But you got to love how athletic he was and his release. Johnny on the spot was always money in the clutch with comeback after comeback, to be exact
22. Gale Sayers, RB Chicago Bears
The Kansas Comet. I wish he played in modern times because his knee injury wouldn’t have been nothing more than a blip. Made the Hall of Fame having only been in the league six years. Barry was nice, but Gale was nicer with the shakes and also faster. Not sure why Walter Payton was nicknamed “Sweetness”, because Gale was sweeter.
21. Tom Brady, QB New England Patriots
I need to see the rest of the list before I really make an assessment about Mr. Brady’s place on this list. I’ll say yes, he’s better than Tom Brady, but is he that much better than Troy Aikman who also has three Super Bowl titles and played in a more conservative offense? Also, the Super Bowl loss to the Giants doesn’t help his cause either. Nevertheless, you have to love Brady and his story. 6th round draft pick all but written off and goes on to lead the team of the 2000s to three Super Bowl titles all with subpar receivers. Once he gets a Lamborghini in Randy Moss he just sets the single season TD record with 50 passes and leads the Patriots to a 16-0 record.
That’s all I got,