The NFL Network released its annual Top 100 players for 2017. As the saying goes, a picture says a thousand words so here is a noteworthy picture courtesy of NFL Networks’ Twitter page:
“There’s a reason why he’s been doing this for so many years. Absolute beast, monster.”
— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) May 9, 2017
last of the true gunslingers, Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers made the list at number 73. The Chargers organization retweeted the photo with this reply:
— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) May 9, 2017
Looks like the organization is pleased with Rivers simply making the list. Personally, to land at number 73 is a travesty. Is this an individual or a team accomplishment? Considering the list is the Top 100 PLAYERS, Rivers should have been much higher on this list.
Here are my points to back up my claim:
*Rivers finished fifth in the NFL in passing (4,386 yards).
*Rivers tied for fifth in the NFL passes of twenty yards or more (57) and second in passes of forty yards or more (16).
*Rivers was fourth in the NFL in touchdown passes (33) behind Drew Brees, Matt Ryan and Aaron Rodgers.
*Rivers played behind a turnstile of an offensive line (36 sacks allowed) and played the season without a true number one receiver. Keenan Allen was injured in the second quarter of the first game.
*Despite losing a player for the season each week for the first half of the season and the Chargers leading the league in players on IR, no one had to do more with less than Rivers. Even then, eight of the Chargers’ eleven losses were by a touchdown or less.
While Rivers undoubtedly received demerits for leading the league in interceptions with 21, it’s simply because he was the one constant, the one member of the team with the most weight on his shoulders. He gladly took on that weight, suffered the weekly pounding by opposing defenses and sprang back up for more trying to will his team to a win.
That’s leadership. That’s courage. That’s a warrior’s soul. That’s what every professional athlete should strive to be.
Apparently, what that doesn’t get you is much respect from NFL Network…
The Greg One