NFL Top 100
NFL Top 100 logo.jpg
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons69
No. of episodes121
Production
Running time3–9 minutes (per player)
Release
Original networkNFL Network
Original release2011 (2011)
Chronology
Related showsNFL Top 10

The NFL Top 100 is an annual television series counting down 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, where 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 12-year history of the countdown, only Tom Brady has been voted No. 1 multiple times (2011, 2017, 2018, and 2022) and voted No. 1 in back-to-back years (2017, 2018).

Series overview

Season Originally aired Number 1
First aired Last aired Player Team
1 April 30, 2011 (2011-04-30) July 3, 2011 (2011-07-03) Tom Brady New England Patriots
2 April 28, 2012 (2012-04-28) June 27, 2012 (2012-06-27) Aaron Rodgers Green Bay Packers
3 April 27, 2013 (2013-04-27) June 27, 2013 (2013-06-27) Adrian Peterson Minnesota Vikings
4 May 10, 2014 (2014-05-10) July 9, 2014 (2014-07-09) Peyton Manning Denver Broncos
5 May 6, 2015 (2015-05-06) July 8, 2015 (2015-07-08) J. J. Watt Houston Texans
6 May 4, 2016 (2016-05-04) July 6, 2016 (2016-07-06) Cam Newton Carolina Panthers
7 May 1, 2017 (2017-05-01) June 26, 2017 (2017-06-26) Tom Brady New England Patriots
8 April 30, 2018 (2018-04-30) June 25, 2018 (2018-06-25)
9 July 22, 2019 (2019-07-22) July 31, 2019 (2019-07-31) Aaron Donald Los Angeles Rams
10 July 26, 2020 (2020-07-26) July 29, 2020 (2020-07-29) Lamar Jackson Baltimore Ravens
11 August 15, 2021 (2021-08-15) August 28, 2021 (2021-08-28) Patrick Mahomes Kansas City Chiefs
12 August 14, 2022 (2022-08-14) August 28, 2022 (2022-08-28) Tom Brady Tampa Bay Buccaneers

History

Main article: NFL Top 100 Players of 2011

The first season of the series was released prior to the 2011 NFL season. 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]

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]

The series has ran every offseason since, following the same countdown format, and continuing to feature analysts reacting to the rankings.[7][8][9]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Where Would Manning, Megatron & Other Retirees Be on the Top 100 Players of 2016?". NFL - YouTube.com. 2016-07-13. Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  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. Archived from the original on May 1, 2013. 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