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NFL Films scores with "Top 100"

Tonight NFL Films unveils the first installment of The Top 100: NFL’s Greatest Players, its new 10-part series counting down the best players in the sport’s history. I got an advance copy of the premiere episode, and like virtually everything NFL Films does, it’s great.

As you’d expect, the show features players and coaches reminiscing about their favorite teammates and toughest opponents, and plenty of footage of the greats in action. There’s even a surprisingly insightful piece in which Spike Lee talks about his affection for Joe Namath.

Without giving the whole list away in advance, suffice to say that the panel of experts who chose the Top 100 did a good job of mixing players from different eras and representing both the players you’d expect and some players the fans of today may never have heard of. It’s well worth watching on NFL Network.

The first episode of The Top 100: NFL’s Greatest Players premieres tonight at 10 p.m. Eastern.  Episode 2 premieres Tuesday at 9, and each episode after that premieres on Thursday nights at 9, beginning on September 16.

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23 Responses to “NFL Films scores with "Top 100"”
  1. Canyonero says: Sep 3, 2010 5:57 PM

    Be interesting to see what team has the most players on that list……..

  2. robert ethen says: Sep 3, 2010 6:07 PM

    I know how this movie ends. With Brett Favre.
    If it doesn’t, then they need to recall it for editing. For as long as it takes to get it right.

  3. bluenoser says: Sep 3, 2010 6:10 PM

    What network???

  4. CYGNUS X-1 says: Sep 3, 2010 6:31 PM

    you had me ubtill you said spike lee was in it.will have nothing to do with anything he is involved with.

  5. PurplePeopleBeaters says: Sep 3, 2010 6:36 PM

    bluenoser says:
    September 3, 2010 6:10 PM
    What network???
    ————————————————–
    Last sentence in 3rd paragraph….
    “It’s well worth watching on NFL Network.”

  6. FinFan68 says: Sep 3, 2010 6:39 PM

    Bluenoser, did you seriously just ask that question?

  7. BigBear123 says: Sep 3, 2010 6:55 PM

    He is merely mocking NFL network. While NFL Films is top notch the network is apparently ran by a high school AV department.

  8. steelers rule says: Sep 3, 2010 7:06 PM

    #100 is Joe Namath per NFL Network.

  9. Dryheave says: Sep 3, 2010 7:17 PM

    The problem with the NFL Network is they hand jobs to guys like Warren Sapp and Jamie Dukes….both of them are HORRIBLE

  10. Ska4Life says: Sep 3, 2010 7:22 PM

    I wonder how much money they gave you to write this article

  11. j-wil says: Sep 3, 2010 7:24 PM

    I can’t wait to see where they rank Tebow!

  12. agenice says: Sep 3, 2010 7:29 PM

    If Joe Namath is on this list, it ain’t because of his on field play! That dude is the MOST overrated football player ever!
    Putting him anywhere on this list completely nullifies it.

  13. hnirobert says: Sep 3, 2010 7:56 PM

    I’m pretty sure Steve Sabol said that Packers have the most in the top 100, with the Giants a close second.

  14. Dr Hannibal Lector says: Sep 3, 2010 8:11 PM

    I don’t understand these countdowns when every list always has Jim Brown No 1. It’s not gonna change. How many Top 10 and now Top 100 whatever countdowns can this network have??? Come on already.

  15. CRM says: Sep 3, 2010 8:28 PM

    agenice says:
    If Joe Namath is on this list, it ain’t because of his on field play! That dude is the MOST overrated football player ever!
    Putting him anywhere on this list completely nullifies it.

    You just displayed your ignorance with your post. Clearly, you know nothing of NFL history.

  16. queenie says: Sep 3, 2010 10:26 PM

    CRM says:
    September 3, 2010 8:28 PM
    agenice says:
    If Joe Namath is on this list, it ain’t because of his on field play! That dude is the MOST overrated football player ever!
    Putting him anywhere on this list completely nullifies it.
    You just displayed your ignorance with your post. Clearly, you know nothing of NFL history.
    ________________
    80% of the posters on this site clearly know nothing of NFL history.

  17. Section731 says: Sep 3, 2010 10:39 PM

    I just love hearing John Facenda and Harry Kalas again

  18. BigBear123 says: Sep 3, 2010 11:31 PM

    100. Broadway Joe(Spike Lee does a good Jon Gruden talking about Favre impression when he talks about Namath). Fortunately it is first and easy enough to avoid.
    99. M Strahan
    98. Lee Selmon
    97. Derrick Brooks and guess what Gruden is close to tears when talking about him.
    96. Mel Hein – leather helmet guy
    95. Larry Allen
    Gonna say this is a great Christmas gift for any football fan when it gets on DVD.
    Can’t wait to watch it with no commercials.

  19. BigBear123 says: Sep 3, 2010 11:35 PM

    Going to commercial they showed LT highlights.
    List could use some work.

  20. BigBear123 says: Sep 4, 2010 12:04 AM

    94. Lenny Moore
    93. Sam Huff
    92. Mike Irvin commentary by Troy
    91. Fran Tarkenton
    commercials on NFLN are unbearable. Signing off.

  21. spytdi says: Sep 4, 2010 12:14 AM

    The Packers, Giants and Bears should have the most players because they are the some of the older franchises. I thought Larry Allen would have been rated higher than Michael Irvin. Allen is the best Cowboy’s offensive lineman ever and they’ve had decent ones. I thought Strahan would have been higher as well. Oh well, WTF do I know.

  22. Backlund in 2012 says: Sep 4, 2010 11:17 AM

    CRM says:
    September 3, 2010 8:28 PM
    agenice says:
    If Joe Namath is on this list, it ain’t because of his on field play! That dude is the MOST overrated football player ever!
    Putting him anywhere on this list completely nullifies it.
    You just displayed your ignorance with your post. Clearly, you know nothing of NFL history.
    ————————————————–
    I’m not so sure of your credentials either. Joe Namath’s career could be considered average at best.
    Joe Namath’s career stats:
    Touchdowns – 173
    Interceptions – 220
    QB rating – 65.5
    Completion % – 50.1
    In a 13 year career, in TWO seasons did he throw more TDs than INTs. Two.
    Yes, he had charisma. Yes, “Broadway Joe” predicted the Super Bowl win and will always be a big part of NFL lore as far as the AFL and the Super Bowl.
    If this was a list of the 100 Most Influential NFL players, that’s one thing.
    Is Joe Namath one of the 100 best NFL Players in history? Not a chance.

  23. moeron says: Oct 11, 2010 3:34 PM

    And now comes the part where the Namath crowd talks about how he saved the AFL, changed the game, won the most important SB, blah blah blah…..
    The Jets defense was clearly the MVP of SB III, NOT Broadway Joe. The Jets D picked off the Colts 4 times! Even with 4 extra chances Joe Willy only put up 16 pts! He was 17 for 18 for 206 yds w/ 0 TD’s. Very Dilfer-like if you ask me!
    He changed the personality of the NFL for sure, but at the same time he’s undeniably the most overrated player in football history!

  24. Smith says: Oct 23, 2010 7:21 PM

    Just looking at stats, sure you could easily come to that conclusion about Joe Willie. However, the game has changed some since that time.
    The West Coast offense wasn’t around back in Joe Willie’s Day. The Jets were a run first team with Boozer and Snell. Joe Willie attacked down the field to loosen up the defenses to make the run more effective. Most of his interceptions were basically punts 40 yards down the field.
    He threw dangerous passes because the Jets were constantly playing from behind. The Jets for most of his career weren’t very good.
    He was getting slammed constantly with hits modern players like Manning and Brady would be expecting penalties for. Almost every pass play ended with him being peeled off the turf . The O-Linemen of the era weren’t allowed to put their hands on Pass rushers like Deacon Jones…
    He called his own plays and managed the game. The Super bowl 3 for example; Joe Willie won that game on play calling as well as execution. Basically it was a different era so comparing him stat-wise to Manning or Brady isn’t a real accurate measure of how great a football player he really was.

  25. Smith says: Oct 23, 2010 7:32 PM

    I will agree Joe Willie should not be a ahead of some other great QB’s that didn’t even make the list.

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