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Deion doesn't like his spot on the Top 100 players of all time

On Saturday, Peter King told me that a certain defensive back who had a reputation for not hitting receivers very hard wasn’t happy with his place in a new list of the best pro football players of all time.

Ironically, my ability to comment on the topic sooner than today was interrupted by our coverage of the conundrum presented by defensive backs who like to hit receivers too hard.  (Or, more accurately, with their helmets and/or in their helmets.)

Deion Sanders recently complained on NFL Network about being “only” No. 34 on the list of the top 100 players.  Per King’s Monday Morning Quarterback column, Sanders called the placement “preposterous.”  Deion also said he was “appalled” by the move, and he wondered aloud how he would be able to explain to his children that he didn’t land in the top ten, possibly because he’s been telling them for all their lives that he’s in the top three.

“How
can you tell me with a straight face that 33 other players had a
greater impact?” Sanders said.

As King points out, the list is dominated by offensive players.  Only 11 defensive players landed higher than Sanders — and it’s hard to make the argument that he should be higher than any of them.
 
The fact that Sanders is regarded as the twelfth best defensive player of his time represents a testament to his uncanny coverage skills, since he surely didn’t get there for his run support or downfield tackling.

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171 Responses to “Deion doesn't like his spot on the Top 100 players of all time”
  1. chrisritch says: Oct 22, 2010 6:05 AM

    Sanders and Irvin need to quit blowing smoke up their on asses, they are developing brain tumors.

  2. chrisritch says: Oct 22, 2010 6:05 AM

    Sanders and Irvin need to quit blowing smoke up their on asses, they are developing brain tumors.

  3. ham1 says: Oct 22, 2010 6:07 AM

    Get over it Dieon it was a subjective list. Come up with your own list and you can be number one instead of crying about it.

  4. ham1 says: Oct 22, 2010 6:07 AM

    Get over it Dieon it was a subjective list. Come up with your own list and you can be number one instead of crying about it.

  5. FlipDaScript says: Oct 22, 2010 6:16 AM

    You could make a case that Deion was best pure cover corner ever. Plus, like Randy Moss he had freakish speed. In fact, I think he was once clocked running a 4.5-40 BACKWARDS.
    Nothing against Ray Lewis, but I think Deion had a much greater impact on the game than Lewis. He’s still a great player, but I would not have Lewis ahead of Deion in any defensive type player (impact) conversation.

  6. FlipDaScript says: Oct 22, 2010 6:16 AM

    You could make a case that Deion was best pure cover corner ever. Plus, like Randy Moss he had freakish speed. In fact, I think he was once clocked running a 4.5-40 BACKWARDS.
    Nothing against Ray Lewis, but I think Deion had a much greater impact on the game than Lewis. He’s still a great player, but I would not have Lewis ahead of Deion in any defensive type player (impact) conversation.

  7. NoKoolaidCowboy says: Oct 22, 2010 6:17 AM

    I remember a very muddy game while he was on the Cowboys in which the biggest joke was how clean he was out there. lol
    He always preferred to stick his hand in there or go for the strip.
    …oh, and he was always coming up with some funky chicken in the end zone.

  8. NoKoolaidCowboy says: Oct 22, 2010 6:17 AM

    I remember a very muddy game while he was on the Cowboys in which the biggest joke was how clean he was out there. lol
    He always preferred to stick his hand in there or go for the strip.
    …oh, and he was always coming up with some funky chicken in the end zone.

  9. Peak says: Oct 22, 2010 6:20 AM

    Steve Mariucci was one of the voters for this list. The other day on the NFL network, Deion threw baby powder in his face. Mariucci tried to laugh it off, but it was really embarrassing. He should have torn into him, and when he didn’t, it was a jump the shark moment for him. Who could trust him to control a locker room after watching that? And for Deion, it confirms what a pussy he really is, acting like a 14 year old girl. He told his kids he was one of the three best? As my father used to say “Those who were good don’t have to tell people, others will do it for you”

  10. Peak says: Oct 22, 2010 6:20 AM

    Steve Mariucci was one of the voters for this list. The other day on the NFL network, Deion threw baby powder in his face. Mariucci tried to laugh it off, but it was really embarrassing. He should have torn into him, and when he didn’t, it was a jump the shark moment for him. Who could trust him to control a locker room after watching that? And for Deion, it confirms what a pussy he really is, acting like a 14 year old girl. He told his kids he was one of the three best? As my father used to say “Those who were good don’t have to tell people, others will do it for you”

  11. DonTerrelli says: Oct 22, 2010 6:21 AM

    What a douche!

  12. DonTerrelli says: Oct 22, 2010 6:21 AM

    What a douche!

  13. mike_311 says: Oct 22, 2010 6:29 AM

    The only reason he’s even on the list is becuase he was a prima donna.

  14. mike_311 says: Oct 22, 2010 6:29 AM

    The only reason he’s even on the list is becuase he was a prima donna.

  15. Colssteel says: Oct 22, 2010 6:31 AM

    Sorry…Mel Blount was better–Rod Woodson, too.
    They changed the rules for coverage because of Mel Blount’s physical domination.
    Woodson was as good a coverage man, but he also was an excellent tackler, could sack the QB. You never saw Rod use the “bullfighter” technique when confronting a ball carrier.

  16. Colssteel says: Oct 22, 2010 6:31 AM

    Sorry…Mel Blount was better–Rod Woodson, too.
    They changed the rules for coverage because of Mel Blount’s physical domination.
    Woodson was as good a coverage man, but he also was an excellent tackler, could sack the QB. You never saw Rod use the “bullfighter” technique when confronting a ball carrier.

  17. joetoronto says: Oct 22, 2010 6:35 AM

    Along with his uncanny coverage skills, he was also an amazing return man, probably the best ever and he played WR too.
    Having said that, he should be happy being #34 because he simply didn’t want to tackle anybody.

  18. joetoronto says: Oct 22, 2010 6:35 AM

    Along with his uncanny coverage skills, he was also an amazing return man, probably the best ever and he played WR too.
    Having said that, he should be happy being #34 because he simply didn’t want to tackle anybody.

  19. phillyfinsfan says: Oct 22, 2010 6:50 AM

    He wasn’t a complete corner. Run support is part of the game. He was a great player who’s ego is most certainly in the top five. God I miss you, Walter Payton. Why can’t any of these idiots be more like you.

  20. phillyfinsfan says: Oct 22, 2010 6:50 AM

    He wasn’t a complete corner. Run support is part of the game. He was a great player who’s ego is most certainly in the top five. God I miss you, Walter Payton. Why can’t any of these idiots be more like you.

  21. Otis Taylor 89 says: Oct 22, 2010 6:53 AM

    The main reason he didn’t tackle is he didn’t need to – they didn’t throw at his side.
    When you put the whole package together, Deion should probably be higher than 34.

  22. Otis Taylor 89 says: Oct 22, 2010 6:53 AM

    The main reason he didn’t tackle is he didn’t need to – they didn’t throw at his side.
    When you put the whole package together, Deion should probably be higher than 34.

  23. fmfnavydoc says: Oct 22, 2010 6:53 AM

    Deion needs to get back off the Narcissus mindset and face reality – the other 11 had a greater influence on the NFL than him. QB’s had to account for where he was when he played, and as a PR/KR he was someone that could break it open at any time. BTW – he sucked as a tackler (and you wonder why some DB’s have problem bringing down WR’s…many of them emulate “Primetime”, and usually get their @$$ burned when the WR catches the ball).
    Where’s Sam Huff – he had more of an impact on the game as a LB than Deion? I don’t hear Huff complaining about the list….Get the sand out of your Vajayjay, Deion…

  24. fmfnavydoc says: Oct 22, 2010 6:53 AM

    Deion needs to get back off the Narcissus mindset and face reality – the other 11 had a greater influence on the NFL than him. QB’s had to account for where he was when he played, and as a PR/KR he was someone that could break it open at any time. BTW – he sucked as a tackler (and you wonder why some DB’s have problem bringing down WR’s…many of them emulate “Primetime”, and usually get their @$$ burned when the WR catches the ball).
    Where’s Sam Huff – he had more of an impact on the game as a LB than Deion? I don’t hear Huff complaining about the list….Get the sand out of your Vajayjay, Deion…

  25. smiley says: Oct 22, 2010 7:01 AM

    This is why you’re not in the top 10: In Dallas, Tre Johnson pulls left on a toss, Deon decides to slide out of bounds instead of taking on the block. I saw it and it has always stuck with me. Great cover corner but simply didn’t put his shoulder into it. Hail!

  26. smiley says: Oct 22, 2010 7:01 AM

    This is why you’re not in the top 10: In Dallas, Tre Johnson pulls left on a toss, Deon decides to slide out of bounds instead of taking on the block. I saw it and it has always stuck with me. Great cover corner but simply didn’t put his shoulder into it. Hail!

  27. CanadianVikingFanII says: Oct 22, 2010 7:04 AM

    I’m guessing you haven’t seen him on NFL network since he first discussed it. He even baby powder slapped Mooch, because he was on the panel. They have the video somewhere on the website for those who missed it.

  28. CanadianVikingFanII says: Oct 22, 2010 7:04 AM

    I’m guessing you haven’t seen him on NFL network since he first discussed it. He even baby powder slapped Mooch, because he was on the panel. They have the video somewhere on the website for those who missed it.

  29. Cameltoe_Hunter says: Oct 22, 2010 7:17 AM

    I really can careless what Deion thinks or says. Most of it is ignorant anyways. But Slow day boys? This story is well over 5 days old…

  30. Cameltoe_Hunter says: Oct 22, 2010 7:17 AM

    I really can careless what Deion thinks or says. Most of it is ignorant anyways. But Slow day boys? This story is well over 5 days old…

  31. FireJerryJones says: Oct 22, 2010 7:21 AM

    His problem is that it’s the NFL Network’s list. And he works there.
    He should quit.

  32. FireJerryJones says: Oct 22, 2010 7:21 AM

    His problem is that it’s the NFL Network’s list. And he works there.
    He should quit.

  33. willy410 says: Oct 22, 2010 7:30 AM

    Funny. I remember Sanders telling the Lions not to draft him or he would ask for so much money, they would have to put him on lay-away. This hot dog demanded more relish than Reggie Jackson. At least Jackson didn’t give himself a nick name.

  34. willy410 says: Oct 22, 2010 7:30 AM

    Funny. I remember Sanders telling the Lions not to draft him or he would ask for so much money, they would have to put him on lay-away. This hot dog demanded more relish than Reggie Jackson. At least Jackson didn’t give himself a nick name.

  35. ninerblitz says: Oct 22, 2010 7:38 AM

    Prime is a class clown, however he is the best cornerback in the game ever. My favorite player is Jerry Rice and I’ve seen him compete and shut the best for over a decade. More importantly, the wouldn’t throw to his side of the field and kick him punts.
    He is one of the top ten players to ever play, his abilities were freakish. I swear he could be an X-man.
    Champ and Revis are several notches below Prime Time.

  36. ninerblitz says: Oct 22, 2010 7:38 AM

    Prime is a class clown, however he is the best cornerback in the game ever. My favorite player is Jerry Rice and I’ve seen him compete and shut the best for over a decade. More importantly, the wouldn’t throw to his side of the field and kick him punts.
    He is one of the top ten players to ever play, his abilities were freakish. I swear he could be an X-man.
    Champ and Revis are several notches below Prime Time.

  37. ejtowne says: Oct 22, 2010 7:39 AM

    Yes Deion, you were good, some say great. I can think of several Defensive players that should of been ahead of you that they placed behind you….. So don’t get too cocky!! You better watch what you say. Someone may feel that your mouth changes your overall impact and you might find yourself in the 50’s next time.

  38. ejtowne says: Oct 22, 2010 7:39 AM

    Yes Deion, you were good, some say great. I can think of several Defensive players that should of been ahead of you that they placed behind you….. So don’t get too cocky!! You better watch what you say. Someone may feel that your mouth changes your overall impact and you might find yourself in the 50’s next time.

  39. slutnuts says: Oct 22, 2010 7:40 AM

    i have to disagree with you flip, as i think ray lewis is more of an impact player, because middle lb is the most important position on the defensive side of the ball, therefore the players who played it well will always imo, be better players.
    sanders was a hell of a cover man, and return man, but that isnt good enough to be better than a truly dominant mlb.
    of course my opinion, and arguments mean as much as anyone else’s so take it as you will

  40. slutnuts says: Oct 22, 2010 7:40 AM

    i have to disagree with you flip, as i think ray lewis is more of an impact player, because middle lb is the most important position on the defensive side of the ball, therefore the players who played it well will always imo, be better players.
    sanders was a hell of a cover man, and return man, but that isnt good enough to be better than a truly dominant mlb.
    of course my opinion, and arguments mean as much as anyone else’s so take it as you will

  41. StevieMo says: Oct 22, 2010 7:40 AM

    I saw Sanders make an ass out of himself two separate times on NFL Network shows, whining and crying about how he revolutionized the game blah blah blah. He came off as a complete horse’s ass, with no humility, class or dignity. Meanwhile, Rod Woodson was very humble about his place on the list, and he demonstrated how a true pro should respond to things like that.
    Meanwhile, the only outcry is from Sanders himself. There is zero groundswell of support that some kind of injustice has been done to him. #34 is a great honor, and it’s about right, if not too high. So just STFU, Deion. My suggestion is that you ask Santa Claus to bring you your first dose of class for Christmas.

  42. StevieMo says: Oct 22, 2010 7:40 AM

    I saw Sanders make an ass out of himself two separate times on NFL Network shows, whining and crying about how he revolutionized the game blah blah blah. He came off as a complete horse’s ass, with no humility, class or dignity. Meanwhile, Rod Woodson was very humble about his place on the list, and he demonstrated how a true pro should respond to things like that.
    Meanwhile, the only outcry is from Sanders himself. There is zero groundswell of support that some kind of injustice has been done to him. #34 is a great honor, and it’s about right, if not too high. So just STFU, Deion. My suggestion is that you ask Santa Claus to bring you your first dose of class for Christmas.

  43. DopeBoys says: Oct 22, 2010 7:50 AM

    If Deion could tackle then he might be higher but the fact that he really didn’t need to tackle all that much should say something. I’d say he deserves to be top 20 at best.

  44. DopeBoys says: Oct 22, 2010 7:50 AM

    If Deion could tackle then he might be higher but the fact that he really didn’t need to tackle all that much should say something. I’d say he deserves to be top 20 at best.

  45. Unbreakable02215 says: Oct 22, 2010 7:50 AM

    Deion, Mike Haynes shoulda been higher than YOU.

  46. Unbreakable02215 says: Oct 22, 2010 7:50 AM

    Deion, Mike Haynes shoulda been higher than YOU.

  47. naskar says: Oct 22, 2010 7:51 AM

    sanders was one of the most overrated players in league history…he only played at a high level for a couple of years in atlanta and he sucked in dallas…get over yourself cheeseball…

  48. naskar says: Oct 22, 2010 7:51 AM

    sanders was one of the most overrated players in league history…he only played at a high level for a couple of years in atlanta and he sucked in dallas…get over yourself cheeseball…

  49. Igottz5onit says: Oct 22, 2010 7:51 AM

    If you think deion sanders is a better overall defensive player than ray lewis, i want what you are smoking.

  50. Igottz5onit says: Oct 22, 2010 7:51 AM

    If you think deion sanders is a better overall defensive player than ray lewis, i want what you are smoking.

  51. Andyman says: Oct 22, 2010 7:57 AM

    “Nothing against Ray Lewis, but I think Deion had a much greater impact on the game than Lewis. He’s still a great player, but I would not have Lewis ahead of Deion in any defensive type player (impact) conversation. ”
    I would disagree with that, and I have no bias towards either player. You have to scheme for Ray Lewis and account for him at all times. With Deion, just don’t throw to his side and run to his side all day. He wasn’t a tackling or blitzing threat. He was a man-to-man ball defender. For Deion to think he was more of an impact player than Lawrence Taylor or Reggie White is laughable.
    Now having John Hannah ahead of Marino I question…

  52. Andyman says: Oct 22, 2010 7:57 AM

    “Nothing against Ray Lewis, but I think Deion had a much greater impact on the game than Lewis. He’s still a great player, but I would not have Lewis ahead of Deion in any defensive type player (impact) conversation. ”
    I would disagree with that, and I have no bias towards either player. You have to scheme for Ray Lewis and account for him at all times. With Deion, just don’t throw to his side and run to his side all day. He wasn’t a tackling or blitzing threat. He was a man-to-man ball defender. For Deion to think he was more of an impact player than Lawrence Taylor or Reggie White is laughable.
    Now having John Hannah ahead of Marino I question…

  53. awdlmd says: Oct 22, 2010 8:02 AM

    Clearly just a staged promotion for the show. If he didn’t work for NFLN he wouldn’t even know about it, or care.

  54. awdlmd says: Oct 22, 2010 8:02 AM

    Clearly just a staged promotion for the show. If he didn’t work for NFLN he wouldn’t even know about it, or care.

  55. Bochamps says: Oct 22, 2010 8:07 AM

    If the list was based upon who made an “impact on the game”, no CB made a bigger impact than Mel Blount. Bump and run rules were changed because he was too dominant.
    If you want to talk about all around talented CB, give me Rod Woodson over Dieon any day of the week. Woodson could cover too (he was a world class track athlete), and he wasn’t terrified to tackle either.

  56. Bochamps says: Oct 22, 2010 8:07 AM

    If the list was based upon who made an “impact on the game”, no CB made a bigger impact than Mel Blount. Bump and run rules were changed because he was too dominant.
    If you want to talk about all around talented CB, give me Rod Woodson over Dieon any day of the week. Woodson could cover too (he was a world class track athlete), and he wasn’t terrified to tackle either.

  57. DC_Bengals_Fan says: Oct 22, 2010 8:08 AM

    @FlipDaScript
    And if he were running track, that would be all that mattered. As it stands, he was extremely good at one specific thing – coverage. But if he needed to help out with a tackle, blitz or run support, forget it.
    So did he have an overall greater impact than Ray Lewis? Hell no. And I’m saying that as a Bengals fan. Lewis has played at a very high level longer than Sanders, and does more in the game.

  58. DC_Bengals_Fan says: Oct 22, 2010 8:08 AM

    @FlipDaScript
    And if he were running track, that would be all that mattered. As it stands, he was extremely good at one specific thing – coverage. But if he needed to help out with a tackle, blitz or run support, forget it.
    So did he have an overall greater impact than Ray Lewis? Hell no. And I’m saying that as a Bengals fan. Lewis has played at a very high level longer than Sanders, and does more in the game.

  59. Jack Burton says: Oct 22, 2010 8:11 AM

    He’d be higher if he were a complete corner, I’d put Rod Woodson higher because he could do it all.

  60. Jack Burton says: Oct 22, 2010 8:11 AM

    He’d be higher if he were a complete corner, I’d put Rod Woodson higher because he could do it all.

  61. iampats says: Oct 22, 2010 8:12 AM

    Deion could not tackle nor did he want to.
    ie, Asante Samuels.

  62. iampats says: Oct 22, 2010 8:12 AM

    Deion could not tackle nor did he want to.
    ie, Asante Samuels.

  63. dunkingonuts says: Oct 22, 2010 8:12 AM

    Nice of PFT to finally get on this story(albeit a week and a half late).
    This fool should be thankful NFLN gave him such a generous spot. I’d put him at about 95 maybe..!

  64. dunkingonuts says: Oct 22, 2010 8:12 AM

    Nice of PFT to finally get on this story(albeit a week and a half late).
    This fool should be thankful NFLN gave him such a generous spot. I’d put him at about 95 maybe..!

  65. Kappy says: Oct 22, 2010 8:17 AM

    Deion was the best at his respective position & since his prime, there has not been a better corner since. Ray Lewis is horrible in coverage, but he’s great against the run & a hard hitter. Deion made every defense he’s been on a top defense, while Ray Lewis has played in one MLB-friendly 3-4 defense his entire career. Deion is by far a better play & bigger game-changer than Ray Lewis, and arguably was better than Ronnie Lott. I agree that his placement was not correct, but top 3 is too much. You can’t put Deion in the same league as LT; the best player to ever play a down in the NFL. Can you imagine how great LT would have been if he didn’t kill his body with all that booger sugar? It’s scary to think he wasn’t at his best.

  66. Kappy says: Oct 22, 2010 8:17 AM

    Deion was the best at his respective position & since his prime, there has not been a better corner since. Ray Lewis is horrible in coverage, but he’s great against the run & a hard hitter. Deion made every defense he’s been on a top defense, while Ray Lewis has played in one MLB-friendly 3-4 defense his entire career. Deion is by far a better play & bigger game-changer than Ray Lewis, and arguably was better than Ronnie Lott. I agree that his placement was not correct, but top 3 is too much. You can’t put Deion in the same league as LT; the best player to ever play a down in the NFL. Can you imagine how great LT would have been if he didn’t kill his body with all that booger sugar? It’s scary to think he wasn’t at his best.

  67. TheDPR says: Oct 22, 2010 8:19 AM

    That punk probably wouldn’t even make my top 100. #34 IS preposterous.

  68. TheDPR says: Oct 22, 2010 8:19 AM

    That punk probably wouldn’t even make my top 100. #34 IS preposterous.

  69. footballhistorian says: Oct 22, 2010 8:21 AM

    He’s a legend in his own mind…arrogant jerk

  70. footballhistorian says: Oct 22, 2010 8:21 AM

    He’s a legend in his own mind…arrogant jerk

  71. Duan says: Oct 22, 2010 8:22 AM

    gotta be honest, to me the top 100 is generational biased.
    A lot of guys from this generation ranked in the top 50

  72. Duan says: Oct 22, 2010 8:22 AM

    gotta be honest, to me the top 100 is generational biased.
    A lot of guys from this generation ranked in the top 50

  73. GRpatriot says: Oct 22, 2010 8:27 AM

    Get over yourself!

  74. GRpatriot says: Oct 22, 2010 8:27 AM

    Get over yourself!

  75. east96st says: Oct 22, 2010 8:29 AM

    Since he only played one third of a DBs responsibilities, he should not be that high. As you correctly pointed out, no run support, no downfield tackles. Just because the guy still believes his **** don’t stink, doesn’t mean it’s true.

  76. east96st says: Oct 22, 2010 8:29 AM

    Since he only played one third of a DBs responsibilities, he should not be that high. As you correctly pointed out, no run support, no downfield tackles. Just because the guy still believes his **** don’t stink, doesn’t mean it’s true.

  77. ronmexico says: Oct 22, 2010 8:29 AM

    If Deion doesn’t like his ranking it sounds like he needs to move from the NFL Network to Football Night in America.

  78. ronmexico says: Oct 22, 2010 8:29 AM

    If Deion doesn’t like his ranking it sounds like he needs to move from the NFL Network to Football Night in America.

  79. Maddog says: Oct 22, 2010 8:29 AM

    I’ve only seen a couple of the episodes. Please tell me Deion is not ranked higher than Rod Woodson or Ronnie Lott.

  80. Maddog says: Oct 22, 2010 8:29 AM

    I’ve only seen a couple of the episodes. Please tell me Deion is not ranked higher than Rod Woodson or Ronnie Lott.

  81. PaulSack says: Oct 22, 2010 8:32 AM

    Oh give me a break! The guy would be more revered if he could tackle. Tackling is still a major part of football and when you don’t do something that fundamental you come off as a giant pansy. One play I’ll never forget was during Super Bowl XXX when Bam Morris ran in a TD. Sanders had a clear shot at making a tackle but instead backed off with his hands in the air like “Oh, Ima give you dat one.”

  82. PaulSack says: Oct 22, 2010 8:32 AM

    Oh give me a break! The guy would be more revered if he could tackle. Tackling is still a major part of football and when you don’t do something that fundamental you come off as a giant pansy. One play I’ll never forget was during Super Bowl XXX when Bam Morris ran in a TD. Sanders had a clear shot at making a tackle but instead backed off with his hands in the air like “Oh, Ima give you dat one.”

  83. TXYoungGuns82 says: Oct 22, 2010 8:34 AM

    It’s his lack of run support and MC Hammer Wanna-Be personality that is holding him back.

  84. TXYoungGuns82 says: Oct 22, 2010 8:34 AM

    It’s his lack of run support and MC Hammer Wanna-Be personality that is holding him back.

  85. DaveCardsAz says: Oct 22, 2010 8:39 AM

    Deion Sanders is one of the most over-rated players ever. All he did was make a living picking off out routes, he was never a shutdown corner.

  86. DaveCardsAz says: Oct 22, 2010 8:39 AM

    Deion Sanders is one of the most over-rated players ever. All he did was make a living picking off out routes, he was never a shutdown corner.

  87. WonderlicMyBallz says: Oct 22, 2010 8:49 AM

    Sanders has always been an opinionated horses ass. His assessment of himself as a player is as slanted as most of the things he says.
    Hard to forget when the whole thing with Vick went down & Deion had the gall to say “people love their dogs in different ways, some kiss them on the mouth, some take them everywhere in the car…etc. This is how Mike Vick shows his love for his dogs”.
    Really Deion? By shocking them with jumper cables attached to their balls, by drowning them, by slamming them into the ground over & over, then laughing about it? That’s how Mike Vick shows “love” for his animals? This just shows how idiotic Sanders is when he starts.
    The things Sanders has said boarder on loonicy, always have. Guess no one ever taught Deion self praise stinks & if you were really worthy of a higher rating, you would have it. I would love to see Sanders throw power in Marshalls face or Jamie Dukes face, naw he did it to someone he knew couldn’t & wouldn’t retaliate.
    Deion is & has always been a clown.

  88. WonderlicMyBallz says: Oct 22, 2010 8:49 AM

    Sanders has always been an opinionated horses ass. His assessment of himself as a player is as slanted as most of the things he says.
    Hard to forget when the whole thing with Vick went down & Deion had the gall to say “people love their dogs in different ways, some kiss them on the mouth, some take them everywhere in the car…etc. This is how Mike Vick shows his love for his dogs”.
    Really Deion? By shocking them with jumper cables attached to their balls, by drowning them, by slamming them into the ground over & over, then laughing about it? That’s how Mike Vick shows “love” for his animals? This just shows how idiotic Sanders is when he starts.
    The things Sanders has said boarder on loonicy, always have. Guess no one ever taught Deion self praise stinks & if you were really worthy of a higher rating, you would have it. I would love to see Sanders throw power in Marshalls face or Jamie Dukes face, naw he did it to someone he knew couldn’t & wouldn’t retaliate.
    Deion is & has always been a clown.

  89. -Slap- says: Oct 22, 2010 8:57 AM

    The Falcons were always among the very worst teams in the NFL against the pass when Deion played in Atlanta. He managed to look a lot better playing alongside literally dozens of All Pros and several Hall of Famers in Dallas and SF. He gets high marks for one-on-one coverage skills and his ability to return the football. Deplorable marks for his willingness to tackle. Mike Haynes, Dick Lane and the ridiculously underrated Louis Wright were all superior football players.

  90. -Slap- says: Oct 22, 2010 8:57 AM

    The Falcons were always among the very worst teams in the NFL against the pass when Deion played in Atlanta. He managed to look a lot better playing alongside literally dozens of All Pros and several Hall of Famers in Dallas and SF. He gets high marks for one-on-one coverage skills and his ability to return the football. Deplorable marks for his willingness to tackle. Mike Haynes, Dick Lane and the ridiculously underrated Louis Wright were all superior football players.

  91. Vinces Power Sweep says: Oct 22, 2010 8:58 AM

    Deion was absolutely the best cover man and return man I have ever seen. Unfortunately, there is one part of the game called tackling that he never wanted any part of. You can’t be in the top 20 all time if you were not a complete player at your position.

  92. Vinces Power Sweep says: Oct 22, 2010 8:58 AM

    Deion was absolutely the best cover man and return man I have ever seen. Unfortunately, there is one part of the game called tackling that he never wanted any part of. You can’t be in the top 20 all time if you were not a complete player at your position.

  93. jb10 says: Oct 22, 2010 9:00 AM

    deion is one of the most over-rated players ever. how probably shouldn’t be this high on the list.
    and the guys that think deion was better than ray lewis and ronnie lott, puff puff pass!!!

  94. jb10 says: Oct 22, 2010 9:00 AM

    deion is one of the most over-rated players ever. how probably shouldn’t be this high on the list.
    and the guys that think deion was better than ray lewis and ronnie lott, puff puff pass!!!

  95. FlipDaScript says: Oct 22, 2010 9:03 AM

    Deion has made just as big of an impact on team defense as LT or Reggie White. In fact, in this era I’d rank them in that order-
    1) LT
    2) Reggie
    3) Deion
    You could also make a case for Ronnie Lott but that’s about it.
    Woodson was a good player teams did not totally scheme around him like they did the players I mentioned above. Ray Lewis, like Brian Ulracher, are very good LBs but I don’t see any offensive coordinators totally changing their gameplans around for those guys.

  96. FlipDaScript says: Oct 22, 2010 9:03 AM

    Deion has made just as big of an impact on team defense as LT or Reggie White. In fact, in this era I’d rank them in that order-
    1) LT
    2) Reggie
    3) Deion
    You could also make a case for Ronnie Lott but that’s about it.
    Woodson was a good player teams did not totally scheme around him like they did the players I mentioned above. Ray Lewis, like Brian Ulracher, are very good LBs but I don’t see any offensive coordinators totally changing their gameplans around for those guys.

  97. Blast Furnace says: Oct 22, 2010 9:10 AM

    Was and always has been OVERRATED. Does NOT belong in the top 200 players in the league, because he was an incomplete player with an uncanny knack for avoiding contact in a contact sport.

  98. Blast Furnace says: Oct 22, 2010 9:10 AM

    Was and always has been OVERRATED. Does NOT belong in the top 200 players in the league, because he was an incomplete player with an uncanny knack for avoiding contact in a contact sport.

  99. Hap says: Oct 22, 2010 9:11 AM

    I agree with Deion. QBs NEVER threw his way. NEVER. They were petrified of his coverage skills and make up speed.

  100. Hap says: Oct 22, 2010 9:11 AM

    I agree with Deion. QBs NEVER threw his way. NEVER. They were petrified of his coverage skills and make up speed.

  101. EdgeRusher says: Oct 22, 2010 9:13 AM

    i remember Aikamn and Irvin tore up Sanders for 13 catches and 188 yards in the title game that they lost. Sanders never saw a combo like that again….he is top 10 defensive guys of all time, but that should pale in comparison to Aikman and Irvin…..GET SOME!!!!!

  102. EdgeRusher says: Oct 22, 2010 9:13 AM

    i remember Aikamn and Irvin tore up Sanders for 13 catches and 188 yards in the title game that they lost. Sanders never saw a combo like that again….he is top 10 defensive guys of all time, but that should pale in comparison to Aikman and Irvin…..GET SOME!!!!!

  103. MrHumble says: Oct 22, 2010 9:15 AM

    Run support and tackling are part of any defensive position. Sanders could cover and that’s it, so how does one out of three even qualify someone for the Top 100? It was the wimps dancing and high stepping that got him noteriety and for that he only qualifies for Dancing with the Stars in my book.

  104. MrHumble says: Oct 22, 2010 9:15 AM

    Run support and tackling are part of any defensive position. Sanders could cover and that’s it, so how does one out of three even qualify someone for the Top 100? It was the wimps dancing and high stepping that got him noteriety and for that he only qualifies for Dancing with the Stars in my book.

  105. blacktoothgrin says: Oct 22, 2010 9:19 AM

    Maddog says:
    October 22, 2010 8:29 AM
    I’ve only seen a couple of the episodes. Please tell me Deion is not ranked higher than Rod Woodson or Ronnie Lott.
    _____________________
    Woodson was ranked #41 and Lott hasn’t been on the list yet, so he has to be in the top 20.
    It’s been said, but if he is so upset then how about he quit the NFL Network, would anyone actually miss this blowhard? I know he has a big ego, but if he had any pride of backbone he would quit. But nope, he is a no tackling, all bark no bite, pu$$y. 34 was a present because he is on the network, but this petulant little child and has to whine like a little b*tch

  106. blacktoothgrin says: Oct 22, 2010 9:19 AM

    Maddog says:
    October 22, 2010 8:29 AM
    I’ve only seen a couple of the episodes. Please tell me Deion is not ranked higher than Rod Woodson or Ronnie Lott.
    _____________________
    Woodson was ranked #41 and Lott hasn’t been on the list yet, so he has to be in the top 20.
    It’s been said, but if he is so upset then how about he quit the NFL Network, would anyone actually miss this blowhard? I know he has a big ego, but if he had any pride of backbone he would quit. But nope, he is a no tackling, all bark no bite, pu$$y. 34 was a present because he is on the network, but this petulant little child and has to whine like a little b*tch

  107. Bengals1981 says: Oct 22, 2010 9:21 AM

    You can’t tell me there is a DB, I mean defensive back not douche bag, better than Deion. When you change how football is played how can you be behind Ronnie Lott. When you shutdown a side and the rest of the team plays zone you are not 33rd. Because he is so brash they try and downplay it

  108. Bengals1981 says: Oct 22, 2010 9:21 AM

    You can’t tell me there is a DB, I mean defensive back not douche bag, better than Deion. When you change how football is played how can you be behind Ronnie Lott. When you shutdown a side and the rest of the team plays zone you are not 33rd. Because he is so brash they try and downplay it

  109. mbbrazi says: Oct 22, 2010 9:22 AM

    Deion thinks too much of himself. I always look forward to the NFL Network dumping him and his bullshit. He was a great player but myself being a student of football as well as it’s biggest fan Deion is not in my top 75 easy. What he did to Mariucci was classless and tasteless just like his narcisstic enzone struts which I hate. I still think of Deion when he got drafted and he was on TV. I happened to be in a room full of people at a friend’s house. The place was absolutely crowded around the television set watching Deion as he wore all of these gold chains around his neck. Everyone broke out in laughter as to what a fool he looked like including myself and I’m half black. It actually was embarrassing he looked so stupid. I don’t know who he hangs out with and I don’t care. But I guess when things go your way and you have money you can actually fool weak minded people who don’t think for themselves into thinking your (Deion’s) a somebody.

  110. mbbrazi says: Oct 22, 2010 9:22 AM

    Deion thinks too much of himself. I always look forward to the NFL Network dumping him and his bullshit. He was a great player but myself being a student of football as well as it’s biggest fan Deion is not in my top 75 easy. What he did to Mariucci was classless and tasteless just like his narcisstic enzone struts which I hate. I still think of Deion when he got drafted and he was on TV. I happened to be in a room full of people at a friend’s house. The place was absolutely crowded around the television set watching Deion as he wore all of these gold chains around his neck. Everyone broke out in laughter as to what a fool he looked like including myself and I’m half black. It actually was embarrassing he looked so stupid. I don’t know who he hangs out with and I don’t care. But I guess when things go your way and you have money you can actually fool weak minded people who don’t think for themselves into thinking your (Deion’s) a somebody.

  111. Gregjennings85 says: Oct 22, 2010 9:28 AM

    People above Prime Time:
    • Linebacker Lawrence Taylor
    • Defensive end Reggie White
    People who should be below Prime Time:
    • Linebacker Dick Butkus
    • Defensive end Deacon Jones
    • Safety Ronnie Lott
    • Defensive tackle Joe Greene
    • Linebacker Ray Lewis
    • Defensive tackle Bob Lilly
    • Linebacker Jack Lambert
    • Defensive tackle Merlin Olsen
    • Defensive end Bruce Smith
    Lest you forget: Deion cut off half the field. No one had shut out #1 WRs like he did when he entered the league. He was a complete and total superstar.
    I know he never tackled, but he rarely had to. In addition, on punts, whether they be after an interception, kick/punt return, he was an absolute force. Many times the Atlanta, Dallas, or San Francisco offense wouldn’t even make it onto the field, as Sanders would have already scored on a return.
    People take for granted how good of an athlete this guy was, and as we all know, NFL CBs are the best athletes in the world.
    In all of their respective primes, LT and Reggie are the only two I would rather have in place of Deion. The other 9 ahead of him wouldn’t ever be preferred over Prime Time.
    In a related matter, I believe Ronnie Lott and Bruce Smith should be right after Sanders, in order.

  112. Gregjennings85 says: Oct 22, 2010 9:28 AM

    People above Prime Time:
    • Linebacker Lawrence Taylor
    • Defensive end Reggie White
    People who should be below Prime Time:
    • Linebacker Dick Butkus
    • Defensive end Deacon Jones
    • Safety Ronnie Lott
    • Defensive tackle Joe Greene
    • Linebacker Ray Lewis
    • Defensive tackle Bob Lilly
    • Linebacker Jack Lambert
    • Defensive tackle Merlin Olsen
    • Defensive end Bruce Smith
    Lest you forget: Deion cut off half the field. No one had shut out #1 WRs like he did when he entered the league. He was a complete and total superstar.
    I know he never tackled, but he rarely had to. In addition, on punts, whether they be after an interception, kick/punt return, he was an absolute force. Many times the Atlanta, Dallas, or San Francisco offense wouldn’t even make it onto the field, as Sanders would have already scored on a return.
    People take for granted how good of an athlete this guy was, and as we all know, NFL CBs are the best athletes in the world.
    In all of their respective primes, LT and Reggie are the only two I would rather have in place of Deion. The other 9 ahead of him wouldn’t ever be preferred over Prime Time.
    In a related matter, I believe Ronnie Lott and Bruce Smith should be right after Sanders, in order.

  113. Jay16 says: Oct 22, 2010 9:29 AM

    I think some of the old timers are trying to keep the list “traditional”. There sure is alot of players that from a naked eye seem to be head scratchers in their position. John Elway lower then Tom Brady? Jim Kelly? I don’t think these players made the list, its a long list so correct me if I’m wrong but I didn’t catch these players making the top 100.
    1. Warren Moon
    2. Chris Carter
    3. Thurman Thomas
    4. Andre Reed
    5. Steve Largent
    6. Art Monk
    7. Steve Atwater
    8. Burt Jones
    9. Roger Craig
    10. Marshall Faulk

  114. Jay16 says: Oct 22, 2010 9:29 AM

    I think some of the old timers are trying to keep the list “traditional”. There sure is alot of players that from a naked eye seem to be head scratchers in their position. John Elway lower then Tom Brady? Jim Kelly? I don’t think these players made the list, its a long list so correct me if I’m wrong but I didn’t catch these players making the top 100.
    1. Warren Moon
    2. Chris Carter
    3. Thurman Thomas
    4. Andre Reed
    5. Steve Largent
    6. Art Monk
    7. Steve Atwater
    8. Burt Jones
    9. Roger Craig
    10. Marshall Faulk

  115. Dave9935 says: Oct 22, 2010 9:35 AM

    Deion was alright but damn it makes sense for him to be a whiny bitch about his spot. Just like TJ Houshmanzadeh bitching about his Madden ranking a few years ago. Get over yourself! Everyone’s talking about the impact players of the 90’s with Reggie White, LT etc…what about Bruce Smith?? Deion only got Super Bowl titles because he went to proven teams instead of sticking in Atlanta. Ray Lewis on the other hand has been the heart and soul of the Ravens defense for years and is the main reason football has thrived in Baltimore.
    Deion was good on returns as well but I’m pretty sure Dave Megget, Brian Mitchell, Dante Hall and Devin Hester are also pretty damn good at returning the ball as well…

  116. Dave9935 says: Oct 22, 2010 9:35 AM

    Deion was alright but damn it makes sense for him to be a whiny bitch about his spot. Just like TJ Houshmanzadeh bitching about his Madden ranking a few years ago. Get over yourself! Everyone’s talking about the impact players of the 90’s with Reggie White, LT etc…what about Bruce Smith?? Deion only got Super Bowl titles because he went to proven teams instead of sticking in Atlanta. Ray Lewis on the other hand has been the heart and soul of the Ravens defense for years and is the main reason football has thrived in Baltimore.
    Deion was good on returns as well but I’m pretty sure Dave Megget, Brian Mitchell, Dante Hall and Devin Hester are also pretty damn good at returning the ball as well…

  117. overkil2 says: Oct 22, 2010 9:40 AM

    “smiley says:
    October 22, 2010 7:01 AM
    This is why you’re not in the top 10: In Dallas, Tre Johnson pulls left on a toss, Deon decides to slide out of bounds instead of taking on the block. I saw it and it has always stuck with me. Great cover corner but simply didn’t put his shoulder into it. Hail!

    I loved it. He called it a “Business Decision”
    The man could cover and return punts though.

  118. overkil2 says: Oct 22, 2010 9:40 AM

    “smiley says:
    October 22, 2010 7:01 AM
    This is why you’re not in the top 10: In Dallas, Tre Johnson pulls left on a toss, Deon decides to slide out of bounds instead of taking on the block. I saw it and it has always stuck with me. Great cover corner but simply didn’t put his shoulder into it. Hail!

    I loved it. He called it a “Business Decision”
    The man could cover and return punts though.

  119. DSC says: Oct 22, 2010 9:47 AM

    Deion should be happy he’s on this list…and if he wasn’t an employee of NFL Network he might not have been…..couldn’t tackle and couldn’t help in run support.

  120. DSC says: Oct 22, 2010 9:47 AM

    Deion should be happy he’s on this list…and if he wasn’t an employee of NFL Network he might not have been…..couldn’t tackle and couldn’t help in run support.

  121. joetoronto says: Oct 22, 2010 9:52 AM

    DaveCardsAz says: October 22, 2010 8:39 AM
    Deion Sanders is one of the most over-rated players ever. All he did was make a living picking off out routes, he was never a shutdown corner.
    *********************************************************
    Dave, if you don’t like the guy, that’s fine, I don’t like him either and I never have.
    To say he was “never a shutdown corner” though, that’s just absurd.

  122. joetoronto says: Oct 22, 2010 9:52 AM

    DaveCardsAz says: October 22, 2010 8:39 AM
    Deion Sanders is one of the most over-rated players ever. All he did was make a living picking off out routes, he was never a shutdown corner.
    *********************************************************
    Dave, if you don’t like the guy, that’s fine, I don’t like him either and I never have.
    To say he was “never a shutdown corner” though, that’s just absurd.

  123. roboninja says: Oct 22, 2010 10:08 AM

    Sanders is a douche. Always was, always will be. Why the NFL (or anyone) employs him, I have no idea. If he comes on, I change the channel.

  124. roboninja says: Oct 22, 2010 10:08 AM

    Sanders is a douche. Always was, always will be. Why the NFL (or anyone) employs him, I have no idea. If he comes on, I change the channel.

  125. da_skinolas says: Oct 22, 2010 10:20 AM

    relax deion, this is exact science… just be glad you being mention as one of the best

  126. da_skinolas says: Oct 22, 2010 10:20 AM

    relax deion, this is exact science… just be glad you being mention as one of the best

  127. dscjmc says: Oct 22, 2010 10:21 AM

    @ Otis Taylor 89- you ever heard of run support from a corner?

  128. dscjmc says: Oct 22, 2010 10:21 AM

    @ Otis Taylor 89- you ever heard of run support from a corner?

  129. somesome says: Oct 22, 2010 10:21 AM

    FlipDaScript says:
    October 22, 2010 6:16 AM
    You could make a case that Deion was best pure cover corner ever. Plus, like Randy Moss he had freakish speed. In fact, I think he was once clocked running a 4.5-40 BACKWARDS.
    Nothing against Ray Lewis, but I think Deion had a much greater impact on the game than Lewis. He’s still a great player, but I would not have Lewis ahead of Deion in any defensive type player (impact) conversation.
    ————————–
    WRONG – shows your football knowledge. Sanders is just a corner, takes out one side of the field. Just don’t throw to his side and his effectivenes is reduced. Ray Lewis roams the entire field. Pass adn run stopper, sacker and doing it on a pro bowl level for 15 years.
    Undoubtedly, no question best defensive player of ALL TIME. NFL network even had a show about Ray Lewis’ coaching tree. Nobody had or has an impact as a defensive player such as Ray.

  130. somesome says: Oct 22, 2010 10:21 AM

    FlipDaScript says:
    October 22, 2010 6:16 AM
    You could make a case that Deion was best pure cover corner ever. Plus, like Randy Moss he had freakish speed. In fact, I think he was once clocked running a 4.5-40 BACKWARDS.
    Nothing against Ray Lewis, but I think Deion had a much greater impact on the game than Lewis. He’s still a great player, but I would not have Lewis ahead of Deion in any defensive type player (impact) conversation.
    ————————–
    WRONG – shows your football knowledge. Sanders is just a corner, takes out one side of the field. Just don’t throw to his side and his effectivenes is reduced. Ray Lewis roams the entire field. Pass adn run stopper, sacker and doing it on a pro bowl level for 15 years.
    Undoubtedly, no question best defensive player of ALL TIME. NFL network even had a show about Ray Lewis’ coaching tree. Nobody had or has an impact as a defensive player such as Ray.

  131. HateSycophants says: Oct 22, 2010 10:23 AM

    @gregjennings85,
    Jack Lambert and Deacon Jones below Prime Time? That’s nuts. Those two had other grown, professional men afraid to go onto the field. Nuts.
    For the guys calling Deion “overrated,” when you make a statement like that, you lose all credibility. There is no cogent defense of such a ridiculous statement. He’s an ass, but he’s top 20.

  132. HateSycophants says: Oct 22, 2010 10:23 AM

    @gregjennings85,
    Jack Lambert and Deacon Jones below Prime Time? That’s nuts. Those two had other grown, professional men afraid to go onto the field. Nuts.
    For the guys calling Deion “overrated,” when you make a statement like that, you lose all credibility. There is no cogent defense of such a ridiculous statement. He’s an ass, but he’s top 20.

  133. OranjelloJones says: Oct 22, 2010 10:26 AM

    Man, Darrell Green gets no love…I’d take him any day over Deion and probably any other CB who’s ever played the game(Blount and Woodson were pretty amazing though). Talk about a complete CB and his return skills were easily the equal of Deion’s, he was also faster than Deion. Plus his speed was feuled by Tootsie Rolls. :)
    Oh and he also had one side shut down just like Deion…ask Phil Simms about his smackdown from Parcells over throwing anywhere near Green’s side of the field. Parcells wasn’t the only one with that rule. Deion didn’t change the game at all and whomever mentioned Irvin…the only thing he changed in the game was a negative because he cheated so much they had to make a rule about pushoffs. Neither one of em revolutionized or changed the game in any meaningful way. Hell Deion wasn’t even the best CB of his era let alone all time. He also took plays off and was a complete wuss if he got the slightest bit dinged up.
    I agree with the guy who said 34 was too high.

  134. OranjelloJones says: Oct 22, 2010 10:26 AM

    Man, Darrell Green gets no love…I’d take him any day over Deion and probably any other CB who’s ever played the game(Blount and Woodson were pretty amazing though). Talk about a complete CB and his return skills were easily the equal of Deion’s, he was also faster than Deion. Plus his speed was feuled by Tootsie Rolls. :)
    Oh and he also had one side shut down just like Deion…ask Phil Simms about his smackdown from Parcells over throwing anywhere near Green’s side of the field. Parcells wasn’t the only one with that rule. Deion didn’t change the game at all and whomever mentioned Irvin…the only thing he changed in the game was a negative because he cheated so much they had to make a rule about pushoffs. Neither one of em revolutionized or changed the game in any meaningful way. Hell Deion wasn’t even the best CB of his era let alone all time. He also took plays off and was a complete wuss if he got the slightest bit dinged up.
    I agree with the guy who said 34 was too high.

  135. JimmySmith says: Oct 22, 2010 10:28 AM

    Sanders problem is seen in a recent E bay listing selling his shoulder pads,
    Excellent Condition, never used.

  136. JimmySmith says: Oct 22, 2010 10:28 AM

    Sanders problem is seen in a recent E bay listing selling his shoulder pads,
    Excellent Condition, never used.

  137. fiveiron says: Oct 22, 2010 10:29 AM

    He is, was, and probably will always be a Top Ten jackass.

  138. fiveiron says: Oct 22, 2010 10:29 AM

    He is, was, and probably will always be a Top Ten jackass.

  139. Joe says: Oct 22, 2010 10:40 AM

    Dont hate Florio. Sanders didnt need to tackle. he simply had to lock down 1 side of the and everyone else cheated to the other side. if a CB can do that its better then them being a good tackler it makes everyone elses job alot less difficult.

  140. Joe says: Oct 22, 2010 10:40 AM

    Dont hate Florio. Sanders didnt need to tackle. he simply had to lock down 1 side of the and everyone else cheated to the other side. if a CB can do that its better then them being a good tackler it makes everyone elses job alot less difficult.

  141. Mikey says: Oct 22, 2010 10:41 AM

    I don’t see what the big problem is here, Deion. By position, you are the highest ranked CB in the history of the NFL, at least according to this list. Only one DB ranked higher than you, Deion, and thats Ronnie Lott. Yes, Ronnie Lott was a better player than you, Deion, and therefore should be ranked higher. Get over it.

  142. Mikey says: Oct 22, 2010 10:41 AM

    I don’t see what the big problem is here, Deion. By position, you are the highest ranked CB in the history of the NFL, at least according to this list. Only one DB ranked higher than you, Deion, and thats Ronnie Lott. Yes, Ronnie Lott was a better player than you, Deion, and therefore should be ranked higher. Get over it.

  143. furiousstyles99 says: Oct 22, 2010 10:45 AM

    This NFL Networks list is a joke. Deion may have been a little low but Emmitt Smith, and John Elway were way too low. Both should have been in the top 15. How is Gayle Sayers ahead of the all time leader rusher? Sayers was electrifying but his stats are equivalent to Terrell Davis. How the hell is Tom Brady better than John Elway and Dan Marino? John Elway carried 3 team to the Superbowl by himself. Marino shattered all of the passing records. Also I know people hate Terrell Owens but Randy Moss is 65 on the list and TO’s #’s are identical to Moss’ plus he played in a SB, runs patterns over the middle, and NEVER quit on his team. NFL Network should be ashamed of itself.

  144. furiousstyles99 says: Oct 22, 2010 10:45 AM

    This NFL Networks list is a joke. Deion may have been a little low but Emmitt Smith, and John Elway were way too low. Both should have been in the top 15. How is Gayle Sayers ahead of the all time leader rusher? Sayers was electrifying but his stats are equivalent to Terrell Davis. How the hell is Tom Brady better than John Elway and Dan Marino? John Elway carried 3 team to the Superbowl by himself. Marino shattered all of the passing records. Also I know people hate Terrell Owens but Randy Moss is 65 on the list and TO’s #’s are identical to Moss’ plus he played in a SB, runs patterns over the middle, and NEVER quit on his team. NFL Network should be ashamed of itself.

  145. Hail2ThaRedskins says: Oct 22, 2010 10:47 AM

    If you only considered Deion as a defensive player then MAYBE he wasnt better than any of those other defensive players. However, Deion also had an impact returning punts were he was also one of the best of all time! Also, just looking at the defensive alone (while it is hard to compare the impact of a DB to that of LB or DE because they have different roles), look at Ronnie Lott, whom I admire a lot, no way he had a bigger impact than Deion. When Deion was on the field no one would throw to his side of the field period. As good as Lott was, I don;t recall teams trying to avoid the middle of the field because Lott was there. Lott was great, but offenses changed their entire gameplan when they faced Deion. Deion would actually play off his man to bait a QB to throw his off, which would usually result in a INT if the QB was dumb enough to throw it! We haven’t seen anything like it since, even with all the talk of Revis island – teams still throw at him or in his area – if a team throw 3 balls to Deion’s side of the field in a game that was news. (you could run at him, but you weren’t throwing anywhere near him – at least not successfully)

  146. Hail2ThaRedskins says: Oct 22, 2010 10:47 AM

    If you only considered Deion as a defensive player then MAYBE he wasnt better than any of those other defensive players. However, Deion also had an impact returning punts were he was also one of the best of all time! Also, just looking at the defensive alone (while it is hard to compare the impact of a DB to that of LB or DE because they have different roles), look at Ronnie Lott, whom I admire a lot, no way he had a bigger impact than Deion. When Deion was on the field no one would throw to his side of the field period. As good as Lott was, I don;t recall teams trying to avoid the middle of the field because Lott was there. Lott was great, but offenses changed their entire gameplan when they faced Deion. Deion would actually play off his man to bait a QB to throw his off, which would usually result in a INT if the QB was dumb enough to throw it! We haven’t seen anything like it since, even with all the talk of Revis island – teams still throw at him or in his area – if a team throw 3 balls to Deion’s side of the field in a game that was news. (you could run at him, but you weren’t throwing anywhere near him – at least not successfully)

  147. Original Steel Curtain says: Oct 22, 2010 10:56 AM

    If the list was 100 Greatest self-promoters in the NFL….Deion would be #1, with Ray-Ray a close 2nd.
    Deion was a wimp in run support. If Rod Woodson, Mel Blount, and Deion were on the same team, Deion would be the nickle-back.
    He’s rated too high, IMO:
    “A” Covergage skills
    “A+” Ball and return skills
    “D” run-support skills
    “F” for being a fool who is so self-absorbed that he gave himself a nickname.

  148. Original Steel Curtain says: Oct 22, 2010 10:56 AM

    If the list was 100 Greatest self-promoters in the NFL….Deion would be #1, with Ray-Ray a close 2nd.
    Deion was a wimp in run support. If Rod Woodson, Mel Blount, and Deion were on the same team, Deion would be the nickle-back.
    He’s rated too high, IMO:
    “A” Covergage skills
    “A+” Ball and return skills
    “D” run-support skills
    “F” for being a fool who is so self-absorbed that he gave himself a nickname.

  149. no one of any consequence says: Oct 22, 2010 12:03 PM

    I gotta agree with OranjelloJones. I’d take Darrell Green over any other CB ever. In addition to everything Oranjello listed, here’s a few more:
    Green was truly a class act. He spent his entire career with one team. He repeatedly told his agent to just get him a good deal. He didn’t want or need top dollar and it was essential that he remain with the Redskins.
    He was never in trouble with the law, never accused of beating his wife or having an affair, never accused of using performance enhancing substances or drugs of any kind.
    He never ran his yap about how good he was.
    Darrell Green was a true role model. Professional sports could use more like him.
    He could and did cover anyone. Do a little research and see all the HOF’ers he shut down.
    He could and did hit and tackle.
    He played for 20 years.
    The first time he ever touched the ball in an NFL game he returned a punt 61 yards for a TD in a preseason game against the Falcons.
    In his first regular season game, he ran down Tony Dorsett, coming from across the field to do so, and prevented a TD.
    He was the NFL’s fastest man four times – every competition he entered.
    Some of his achievements:
    7× Pro Bowl selection (1984, 1986, 1987, 1990, 1991, 1996, 1997)
    4× All-Pro selection (1986, 1987, 1990, 1991)
    2× Super Bowl Champion (XXII, XXVI)
    NFL 1990s All-Decade Team
    1996 Walter Payton Man of the Year
    1997 Bart Starr Award
    He’s credited with the following:
    Tackles 1,159
    Sacks 1.0
    INTs 54, returned for 621 yards and 6 TD’s. Add two more INT’s and TD’s in the post season.
    Fumbles 10 recovered and returned for 131 yards and 10 TD’s.
    Joe Gibbs said his biggest regret was not letting Green return kicks more.
    Green allegedly clocked a 4.43 second 40 yard dash last February 16 – his 50th birthday!
    He still lives in the DC area.
    Deion couldn’t carry Darrell’s jock.

  150. no one of any consequence says: Oct 22, 2010 12:03 PM

    I gotta agree with OranjelloJones. I’d take Darrell Green over any other CB ever. In addition to everything Oranjello listed, here’s a few more:
    Green was truly a class act. He spent his entire career with one team. He repeatedly told his agent to just get him a good deal. He didn’t want or need top dollar and it was essential that he remain with the Redskins.
    He was never in trouble with the law, never accused of beating his wife or having an affair, never accused of using performance enhancing substances or drugs of any kind.
    He never ran his yap about how good he was.
    Darrell Green was a true role model. Professional sports could use more like him.
    He could and did cover anyone. Do a little research and see all the HOF’ers he shut down.
    He could and did hit and tackle.
    He played for 20 years.
    The first time he ever touched the ball in an NFL game he returned a punt 61 yards for a TD in a preseason game against the Falcons.
    In his first regular season game, he ran down Tony Dorsett, coming from across the field to do so, and prevented a TD.
    He was the NFL’s fastest man four times – every competition he entered.
    Some of his achievements:
    7× Pro Bowl selection (1984, 1986, 1987, 1990, 1991, 1996, 1997)
    4× All-Pro selection (1986, 1987, 1990, 1991)
    2× Super Bowl Champion (XXII, XXVI)
    NFL 1990s All-Decade Team
    1996 Walter Payton Man of the Year
    1997 Bart Starr Award
    He’s credited with the following:
    Tackles 1,159
    Sacks 1.0
    INTs 54, returned for 621 yards and 6 TD’s. Add two more INT’s and TD’s in the post season.
    Fumbles 10 recovered and returned for 131 yards and 10 TD’s.
    Joe Gibbs said his biggest regret was not letting Green return kicks more.
    Green allegedly clocked a 4.43 second 40 yard dash last February 16 – his 50th birthday!
    He still lives in the DC area.
    Deion couldn’t carry Darrell’s jock.

  151. THEMIGHTYWHITEY says: Oct 22, 2010 12:08 PM

    I am a Cowboy fan ………but lets honest ….Darrel Green was a better corner than Sanders put them in a race ……the little guy wins every time ….ask Randy Moss who covered him or played him the best …..its that little #28
    Sanders is a racist anyway

  152. THEMIGHTYWHITEY says: Oct 22, 2010 12:08 PM

    I am a Cowboy fan ………but lets honest ….Darrel Green was a better corner than Sanders put them in a race ……the little guy wins every time ….ask Randy Moss who covered him or played him the best …..its that little #28
    Sanders is a racist anyway

  153. slutnuts says: Oct 22, 2010 2:33 PM

    i have to laugh at those claiming that deion “shut down HALF the field”…the guy shut down one player- the opposing wr- and whatever route that one player was running. that is not “half the field”. players could run to his side, throw underneath to his side, and heck even over the middle on technically “his side”. stop me when this becomes more obvious…guy was still the best shut down corner i’ve seen, but never would that equal half of the field

  154. slutnuts says: Oct 22, 2010 2:33 PM

    i have to laugh at those claiming that deion “shut down HALF the field”…the guy shut down one player- the opposing wr- and whatever route that one player was running. that is not “half the field”. players could run to his side, throw underneath to his side, and heck even over the middle on technically “his side”. stop me when this becomes more obvious…guy was still the best shut down corner i’ve seen, but never would that equal half of the field

  155. coltfan8 says: Oct 22, 2010 2:35 PM

    no one of any consequence…
    I agree 100% with you, but you are forgetting one statistic/fact..I can’t remember the exact year, but you didn’t include the one time that Deion looked slow against the Skins. He was playing receiver as well for the Cowboys, made a catch down the sideline, and was wide open to the endzone…until Darrell Green chased him down from the opposite side of the field and saved a TD. I believe Green was in his late 30s by that time…Green is definitely the best of the best.

  156. coltfan8 says: Oct 22, 2010 2:35 PM

    no one of any consequence…
    I agree 100% with you, but you are forgetting one statistic/fact..I can’t remember the exact year, but you didn’t include the one time that Deion looked slow against the Skins. He was playing receiver as well for the Cowboys, made a catch down the sideline, and was wide open to the endzone…until Darrell Green chased him down from the opposite side of the field and saved a TD. I believe Green was in his late 30s by that time…Green is definitely the best of the best.

  157. coltfan8 says: Oct 22, 2010 3:34 PM

    no one of any consequence…
    I agree 100% with you, but you are forgetting one statistic/fact..I can’t remember the exact year, but you didn’t include the one time that Deion looked slow against the Skins. He was playing receiver as well for the Cowboys, made a catch down the sideline, and was wide open to the endzone…until Darrell Green chased him down from the opposite side of the field and saved a TD. I believe Green was in his late 30s by that time…Green is definitely the best of the best.

  158. coltfan8 says: Oct 22, 2010 3:34 PM

    no one of any consequence…
    I agree 100% with you, but you are forgetting one statistic/fact..I can’t remember the exact year, but you didn’t include the one time that Deion looked slow against the Skins. He was playing receiver as well for the Cowboys, made a catch down the sideline, and was wide open to the endzone…until Darrell Green chased him down from the opposite side of the field and saved a TD. I believe Green was in his late 30s by that time…Green is definitely the best of the best.

  159. funkylovemonkey says: Oct 22, 2010 5:08 PM

    Stats don’t lie. In his sixteen year career, Sanders had a grand total of 6 touchdowns on punt returns and 3 touchdowns on kick returns… That’s good, but not the level that some are claiming. He did have 53 intercptions but that’s quite a bit below the 81 Paul Krause caught in fewer years. And less career interceptions then Emlen Tunnell, Rod Woodson, Night Train Lane, and 17 others. Beyond that tackling is a huge part of a cornerback’s job, and anyone who says otherwise is in denial. A perfect pass and perfect catch beats perfect coverage nearly every time. Sure Sanders was able to pick off a pass on average every other game, but every other pass that he didn’t pick off was dangerous because Sanders wouldn’t tackle them. In addition if he didn’t get any help on the outside you could run on him all day long.

  160. funkylovemonkey says: Oct 22, 2010 5:08 PM

    Stats don’t lie. In his sixteen year career, Sanders had a grand total of 6 touchdowns on punt returns and 3 touchdowns on kick returns… That’s good, but not the level that some are claiming. He did have 53 intercptions but that’s quite a bit below the 81 Paul Krause caught in fewer years. And less career interceptions then Emlen Tunnell, Rod Woodson, Night Train Lane, and 17 others. Beyond that tackling is a huge part of a cornerback’s job, and anyone who says otherwise is in denial. A perfect pass and perfect catch beats perfect coverage nearly every time. Sure Sanders was able to pick off a pass on average every other game, but every other pass that he didn’t pick off was dangerous because Sanders wouldn’t tackle them. In addition if he didn’t get any help on the outside you could run on him all day long.

  161. funi says: Oct 22, 2010 6:32 PM

    Dieon was the first DIVA! How can he be #34??#34?? I would not put him in top 75! He was so overrrated and only retirned punts ans tippped passes! The things I remember about Dieon:
    1) throwing water on Tim McCarver
    2) Trying to kill himself by driving off a 5 foot cliff
    3) getting taken off field in Carolina in playoff game

  162. funi says: Oct 22, 2010 6:32 PM

    Dieon was the first DIVA! How can he be #34??#34?? I would not put him in top 75! He was so overrrated and only retirned punts ans tippped passes! The things I remember about Dieon:
    1) throwing water on Tim McCarver
    2) Trying to kill himself by driving off a 5 foot cliff
    3) getting taken off field in Carolina in playoff game

  163. Benny Mendenberger-Ward says: Oct 25, 2010 11:02 AM

    You got to tackle if you want to be higher ranked Deion. If you werent so afraid of contact and actually helped a bit in the run defense, you are a top 10 player.
    I can think of 12 Steeler defenders who made a bigger impact than this clown. Ed Reed and Deion are both too high on this list. Reed shouldnt even be on it yet.
    Where is Terrell Davis ranked? Because he should be higher than both of these guys.

  164. Benny Mendenberger-Ward says: Oct 25, 2010 11:02 AM

    You got to tackle if you want to be higher ranked Deion. If you werent so afraid of contact and actually helped a bit in the run defense, you are a top 10 player.
    I can think of 12 Steeler defenders who made a bigger impact than this clown. Ed Reed and Deion are both too high on this list. Reed shouldnt even be on it yet.
    Where is Terrell Davis ranked? Because he should be higher than both of these guys.

  165. BDiddy says: Oct 25, 2010 12:15 PM

    The fact that some people on this board believe Deion was better than Ray Lewis just goes to show you how little most people actually understand about football.

  166. BDiddy says: Oct 25, 2010 12:15 PM

    The fact that some people on this board believe Deion was better than Ray Lewis just goes to show you how little most people actually understand about football.

  167. Elvoid says: Oct 25, 2010 4:32 PM

    Being insulted at being ranked #34 of all-time? Amazing he can walk un-aided hauling that super-sized ego of his around. While I’d have ranked him lower than both Green and Woodsen, that’s just my opinion. 34 is not unreasonable when you look at all the names on the list thus far.
    When you consider the thousands that have played the game – all the names in the Hall of Fame – to get anywhere in the top 100 is an honor, not an insult.
    To a few previous posters:
    Where is Terrell Davis ranked? In the top 100 of all time? Maybe 125 – 150 or so?
    Someone else slighted Gale Sayers. It’s OK, junior – you’re not expected to know much about any player that played before 1980 – so I’ll give you a pass.
    There were some other silly comments , but I’ll let them go.
    Anyway – here’s a no brainer for the top ten and number one:
    These four will be somewhere in the top ten (no particular order here): Brown, Unitas, Rice and Montana; and one of those four will be No. 1. Book it.

  168. Elvoid says: Oct 25, 2010 4:32 PM

    Being insulted at being ranked #34 of all-time? Amazing he can walk un-aided hauling that super-sized ego of his around. While I’d have ranked him lower than both Green and Woodsen, that’s just my opinion. 34 is not unreasonable when you look at all the names on the list thus far.
    When you consider the thousands that have played the game – all the names in the Hall of Fame – to get anywhere in the top 100 is an honor, not an insult.
    To a few previous posters:
    Where is Terrell Davis ranked? In the top 100 of all time? Maybe 125 – 150 or so?
    Someone else slighted Gale Sayers. It’s OK, junior – you’re not expected to know much about any player that played before 1980 – so I’ll give you a pass.
    There were some other silly comments , but I’ll let them go.
    Anyway – here’s a no brainer for the top ten and number one:
    These four will be somewhere in the top ten (no particular order here): Brown, Unitas, Rice and Montana; and one of those four will be No. 1. Book it.

  169. Burritto says: Nov 7, 2010 1:23 AM

    Neon Deion should be thrilled to be that high.
    There is no way the Sanders could honestly tell you, “I never stopped trying on a play because I figured that my team mate was going to make the tackle” with a straight face. Hey, that’s fine, but that attitude knocks him down a bit. I am only 30, but I feel confident in saying that Dick Butkus never, ever played a down with that kind of attitude.
    Hell, this list has him as the best CB ever and the second best secondary player of all time. I would hardily dispute both of those claims.

  170. Burritto says: Nov 7, 2010 1:23 AM

    Neon Deion should be thrilled to be that high.
    There is no way the Sanders could honestly tell you, “I never stopped trying on a play because I figured that my team mate was going to make the tackle” with a straight face. Hey, that’s fine, but that attitude knocks him down a bit. I am only 30, but I feel confident in saying that Dick Butkus never, ever played a down with that kind of attitude.
    Hell, this list has him as the best CB ever and the second best secondary player of all time. I would hardily dispute both of those claims.

  171. SkinsFanInNebraska says: Nov 7, 2010 9:09 AM

    A Top 100 list without Art Monk? That invalidates the whole process.

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