The headline to this item has featured many other names in the two years since NFL Network launched its space-filling countdown of the top 100 players in the league. But usually when a guy takes issue with his spot on (or not on) the totem pole, it’s because he’s too low.
Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata thinks he’s too high.
He finished ninth overall, and he placed higher than anyone else on the roster.
“I don’t think I’m the best Ravens player,” Ngata tells the team’s official website.
“The way we play together on this defense, we make each other better. I couldn’t do what I do without [Terrell] Suggs and Ray [Lewis]. It’s the same thing with those guys; they can’t do what they do without us. I don’t think there is a best player. We have so many good players and that’s the recipe to a great defense.”
And so Ngata doesn’t plan to use his standing as a source of credibility in the locker room.
“I’m not going to brag,” Ngata said. “Well I guess if somebody pushes me, I’ll tell them, ‘Hey, I’m No. 9.’”
The most funniest part about that comment is the thought of someone actually pushing Ngata.