The NFL Network Top 100 list has been rather kind to the Detroit Lions so far. As this series–ranking the best NFL players of 2012–barrels down toward the 50s, middle linebacker Stephen Tulloch came in at No. 63 to join No. 76-ranked Matthew Stafford in undeserving Lions players on the list.
“People don’t realize that when you play the game of football you endure a lot and you go through a lot and the players, they understand that,” Tulloch said, via the Detroit Free Press. “So for the players to vote (me in the top 100) and leave the writers out of it, it speaks volumes because we know what it is to go week in and week out and play against one another. ”
Yeah, leave the writers out of it. In fact, if no one covered the National Football League at all the league would be so much better off. Players just rating players, that’s pure man.
Another flaw in the logic above is that pretty much every player endures a lot, but only 100 deserve to be in these top 100 lists, even the one NFL Network releases. Tulloch will be grateful in receiving it and remain on the defensive towards the media because the veteran linebacker didn’t have one of his best years during a very good career; Pro Football Focus ranked him 35th out of 53 qualifying inside linebackers last season after rating him sixth in 2011.
However, this NFL Network Top 100 list proves time and time again that past success can replace quality play in the present.