Halfway home on The Top 100: NFL’s Greatest Players


Players ranked Nos. 51-60 are revealed in all their glory on the NFL Network’s “The Top 100” next episode that debuts Thursday at 6 p.m. (preceeded by an encore of Nos. 61-70 at 5 p.m.).

You can see the complete list on NFL.com (linked here), interestingly to see how the “fans rank” element is added to the list (i.e.: Steve Young, No. 81 on the list, but No. 13 on the fan ranking).

From the first 40 picks (61 to 100), three are active players, six are recently retired and the rest are all in the Hall of Fame.

The show’s appeal is seeing who “presents” each player, ranging from ex-players and coaches, to directors, authors and stat man extraordinare Steve Hirdt.

Here’s the list so far as far as that goes (player, then presenter):


100. Joe Namath (Spike Lee)
99. Michael Strahan (Jon Runyan)
98. Lee Roy Selmon (Ron Wolf)
97. Derrick Brooks (Jon Gruden)
96. Mel Hein (Steve Hirdt)
95. Larry Allen (John Randle)
94. Lenny Moore (Bobby Mitchell)
93. Sam Huff (Sonny Jurgensen)
92. Michael Irvin (Troy Aikman)
91. Fran Tarkenton (Sen. Amy Klobuchar)

90. Kurt Warner (Nick Bakay)
89. Ernie Nevers (Steve Hirdt)
88. Ed Reed (Hines Ward)
87. Crazylegs Hirsch (Michael MacCambridge)
86. Willie Davis (Bobby Mitchell)
85. Marcus Allen (Matt Millen)
84. Joe Schmidt (Jerry Glanville)
83. Norm Van Brocklin (Sonny Jurgensen)
82. Ted Hendricks (Howie Long)
81. Steve Young (Mike Holmgren)

80. Troy Aikman (Drew Brees)
79. Emlen Tunnell (Michael MacCambridge)
78. Bruce Matthews (Warren Moon)
77. Tony Dorsett (Roger Staubach)
76. Art Shell (Ron Wolf)
75. Darrell Green (Carl Lewis)
74. Marion Motley (Mike Brown)
73. Ozzie Newsome (Marty Schottenheimer)
72. Jonathan Ogden (Michael Strahan, video linked here)
71. Paul Warfield (Mercury Morris)


70. Marshall Faulk (Kurt Warner)
69. Bobby Bell (Michael MacCambridge)
68. Mike Webster (Dan Dierdorf)
67. Kellen Winslow (Joe Gibbs)
66. Willie Brown (Mercury Morris)
65. Randy Moss (Brian Billick)
64. Herb Adderley (Raymond Berry)
63. Jim Otto (Bill Bergey)
62. Randy White (Mark May)
61. LaDainian Tomlinson (Reggie Bush)

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