PETER KING IS BORED
You’re up late and Bernie Mac reruns aren’t cutting it. You have no need for another go round with “Coach Carter” and you’ve already ripped through the entire first season of “Ugly Betty” on DVD–special features and all. So what do you do? Make a list of the top 500 players in football! And that is what Peter King did.
I thought I might make a list, the best of the best. The criteria: importance of the position (I had quarterback, left tackle, pass rusher and cornerback at the top, but with room for the explosive player), talent level and age — with a nod to young players on the cusp of a breakout season (I rank opportunistic Jets safety Kerry Rhodes 29th) and to team-oriented guys (selfless Javon Walker 80, selfish Terrell Owens 103).
I perused some of it and it’s definitely different than your usual ‘rank the players’ list. Interesting that King has Lance Briggs at 35, higher than Marvin Harrison, Shaun Alexander, Philip Rivers, Chad Johnson, Frank Gore and Donovan McNabb.
I know King listed age as one of the criteria, but how do you explain Ray Lewis at 86 when Urlacher is #7? And Chris McAlister at 88? Charles Tillman is at 75 and King calls him the best big corner in football! Quentin Jammer at 405? You’re insane, Goldmember!