I should be ashamed of myself. I began to write about the NFL Top 100 and have veered off right at Number Two. Number Two on the list is none other than Jim Brown. A few years ago, Brown would have been Number One-he was always Number One.
Brown was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in 1957 number six in the first round out of Syracuse as a running back (technically a fullback). Brown was a punishing runner who was a Pro-Bowler all nine years he was in the NFL. He was the leading rusher eight of those years. He is the only back who averaged 100 yards per game. He surprised the football world when he retired after only nine years.
Jim Brown ended his career with 12,312 yards rushing; 262 receptions; 15,459 combined yards; and 756 points scored.
To show you how much Brown has decreased in the minds of the fans, he is a mere ninth in fan vote.
Brown was taken into the Hall of Fame in 1971.
It was no surprise who Number One was on the NFL “Top 100” — it was Jerry Rice, the super receiver. Rice is so far ahead of every other NFL receiver it isn’t funny.
Jerry Rice was drafted in 1985 by the emerging San Francisco 49ers, who would dominate the decade of the 1980s. He would play for an incredible 20 seasons, which was unheard of for a wide receiver. During that time, he would play in 303 games. He was the 16th overall pick in the first round.
Jerry Rice’s career speaks as to why he is the Number One player in the NFL Network’s “Top 100.” It is a little funny too. He was drafted out of a small southern school, Mississippi Valley State. I remember watching a game they were playing and they used five wide-outs. They ran an empty backfield. They were a totally vertical offense. And what was funny is Jerry Rice did not seem to be that fast. He is one of those players who “performs” in the game.
Rice holds most every receiving record. He had 1,519 receptions; 22,895 receiving yards; 14 1,000-yard receiving seasons; 208 touchdowns; and 23,546 total yards. I would say that is “Enough said!”
Jerry Rice was inducted into the Hall of Fame this year, and, as for his fan vote, well, they agree with the NFL Network…Jerry Rice is Number One!
NFL Network Website, “Jim Brown FB”
Hall of Fame Website, “Jim Brown”
You Tube Website, “NFL Top 100 Players #2-Jim Brown”
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Hall of Fame Website, “Jerry Rice”
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