via press release:


Weekly Series Counts Down Top Players in Today’s Game as Voted on by Current NFL Players — Airs Every Wednesday at 8:00 PM ET Following April 28 Debut


‘The Top 100: Players of 2012 – Reactions’ Follows Each Episode at 9:00 PM ET, Featuring Commentary from NFL Network Analysts, NFL Players & Fans


39 New Players Crack the 2012 List


The votes are in and the players have spoken. For the second year, current NFL players have weighed in to determine the top players in today’s game on the new season of the returning series, The Top 100: Players of 2012 Presented by Buffalo Wild Wings debuting Saturday, April 28 at 8:00 PM ET immediately following NFL Network’s live coverage of the 2012 NFL Draft. After the season debut, the NFL Films-produced series continues at its regular time on Wednesdays at 8:00 PM ET, beginning May 2.


Immediately following each episode LIVE at 9:00 PM ET will be The Top 100: Players of 2012 – Reactions Presented by Buffalo Wild Wings. Host Lindsay Rhodes and a rotating roster of NFL Network analysts and current NFL players discuss and debate the latest group of players to be unveiled from NFL Network’s Los Angeles studios. Fans have the opportunity to join in the debate and voice their own opinions and reactions on Facebook and Twitter, and vote for their own Top 100 on


After failing to make the Top 100 last year, where does Super Bowl XLVI MVP quarterback Eli Manning debut? Will new Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning make this year’s list? New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow was named today to Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” list…will he rank among the NFL’s Top 100? Which player fell more than 80 spots this year from last? The answers to these questions and more will be answered in the 11-part series which counts down from 100 to 1, unveiling 10 players in each one-hour episode. The season-finale unveiling the top 10 is split into two special one-hour episodes on Wednesday, June 27 at 8:00 PM & 9:00 PM ET.


A wide range of current NFL players present each selection and discuss the qualities which makes each player deserving of his ranking.


Tonight at 8:00 PM ET, The Top 100: Players of 2012 Preview Show offers a sneak preview of this year’s list.


In the new Huddle page on, fans can discuss The Top 100 list and voice their opinions on whether or not NFL players got it right. Huddle, a Top 100-specifc social media content page, allows viewers to share Top 100 content, and communicate across social media platforms. Additionally, fans can discuss and debate the players revealed during each episode using the hashtag #NFLTop100.


On, viewers can vote on each player ranking and whether it should be higher or lower. Voting results from viewers will be revealed starting halfway through the list on Wednesday, May 30. Viewers can also pose questions for NFL Network analysts and player guests by tweeting their questions to @nflnetwork. An on-air social media crawl will display selected questions and the analysts will answer questions in every episode.


Provided below are some facts regarding The Top 100: Players of 2012 list:


  • For the first time, all 32 teams are represented with at least one player on the list. Seattle and Buffalo players were not represented in 2011.
  • The Top 100: Players of 2012 features 39 new players
  • Twenty-three players with a combined 30 Super Bowl rings.
  • For the second consecutive year, the University of Miami, Fla. is the most-represented university (9 players).


Provided below are video links to the two promotional spots for The Top 100: Players of 2012:



The Top 100: Players of 2012 Episode Schedule


*‘The Top 100: Players of 2012 – Reactions’ immediately follows each episode at 9:00 PM ET*


Preview Show               Wednesday, April 18                8:00 PM ET


Episode #1                   Saturday, April 28                    8:00 PM ET

(100-91)                                                                        9:00 PM ET – Reactions


Episode #2                   Wednesday, May 2                   8:00 PM ET

(90-81)                                                                          9:00 PM ET – Reactions


Episode #3                   Wednesday, May 9                   8:00 PM ET

(80-71)                                                                          9:00 PM ET – Reactions


Episode #4                   Wednesday, May 16                  8:00 PM ET

(70-61)                                                                          9:00 PM ET – Reactions


Episode #5                   Wednesday, May 23                  8:00 PM ET

(60-51)                                                                          9:00 PM ET – Reactions


Halfway Recap              Tuesday, May 29                      8:00 PM ET


Episode #6                   Wednesday, May 30                  8:00 PM ET

(50-41)                                                                          9:00 PM ET – Reactions


Episode #7                   Wednesday, June 6                  8:00 PM ET

(40-31)                                                                          9:00 PM ET – Reactions


Episode #8                   Wednesday, June 13                8:00 PM ET

(30-21)                                                                          9:00 PM ET – Reactions


Episode #9                   Wednesday, June 20                8:00 PM ET

(20-11)                                                                          9:00 PM ET – Reactions


Finale Recap                 Tuesday, June 26                     8:00 PM ET


Episode #10                 Wednesday, June 27                8:00 PM ET & 9:00 PM ET

(10-1)                                                                            10:00 PM ET – Reactions



Below is The Top 100: Players of 2011 list in its entirety:


100. Donovan McNabb                                              50. Wes Welker

99. Chad Clifton                                                          49. Brian Urlacher

98. Darren McFadden                                                            48. Champ Bailey

97. Shaun Phillips                                                       47. Nick Mangold

96. Nick Collins                                                           46. Tony Gonzalez

95. Jon Beason                                                           45. Dwayne Bowe

94. Frank Gore                                                           44. Robert Mathis

93. Eric Berry                                                              43. Joe Thomas

92. Lance Briggs                                                         42. Michael Turner

91. Terrell Owens                                                       41. Ben Roethlisberger

90. Joe Flacco                                                                        40. Terrell Suggs

89. Adrian Wilson                                                        39. Logan Mankins

88. Vernon Davis                                                        38. Steven Jackson

87. Jordan Gross                                                        37. Jonathan Vilma

86. Josh Freeman                                                       36. Jason Witten

85. Jason Babin                                                          35. Vince Wilfork

84. Josh Cribbs                                                           34. Jahri Evans

83. Mike Williams                                                        33. Jamaal Charles

82. LaMarr Woodley                                                   32. Devin Hester

81. B.J. Raji                                                                31. Reggie Wayne

80. Jared Allen                                                            30. Maurice Jones-Drew

79. D’Brickashaw Ferguson                                       29. DeSean Jackson

78. Dallas Clark                                                          28. Jake Long

77. Chris Snee                                                            27. Calvin Johnson

76. Santonio Holmes                                                  26. Philip Rivers

75. Jay Ratliff                                                             25. Arian Foster

74. Greg Jennings                                                      24. Roddy White

73. Trent Cole                                                             23. Patrick Willis

72. Tony Romo                                                           22. Antonio Gates

71. Mario Williams                                                      21. James Harrison

70. Miles Austin                                                           20. Michael Vick

69. John Abraham                                                      19. Clay Matthews

68. Antrel Rolle                                                           18. Nnamdi Asomugha

67. Brian Waters                                                         17. Haloti Ngata

66. Richard Seymour                                                 16. Charles Woodson

65. Vonta Leach                                                          15. Dwight Freeney

64. Tamba Hali                                                           14. Larry Fitzgerald

63. Cameron Wake                                                    13. Chris Johnson

62. Jerod Mayo                                                           12. DeMarcus Ware

61. Brandon Marshall                                                  11. Aaron Rodgers

60. Justin Tuck                                                           10. Julius Peppers

59. Jeff Saturday                                                        9. Drew Brees

58. Brandon Lloyd                                                       8. Darrelle Revis

57. Andre Gurode                                                       7. Andre Johnson

56. Ray Rice                                                               6. Troy Polamalu

55. Carl Nicks                                                             5. Ed Reed

54. Asante Samuel                                                     4. Ray Lewis

53. Marques Colston                                                   3. Adrian Peterson

52. Matt Ryan                                                             2. Peyton Manning

51. Ndamukong Suh                                                   1. Tom Brady



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