Lions linebacker Stephen Tulloch recently landed on NFL Network’s Top 100 list. Four spots higher than Darrelle Revis.
Which prompted a candid reaction from MDS.
And so Tulloch has found a way to find extra motivation, based on the response to his placement ahead of Revis.
“Trust me, I’ve been [a] fourth-round pick, undersized, this and that. I’ve heard it all,” Tulloch said, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. “I’ve came to the league, I’ve played a long time, I’ve made good money, I’ve done it all. At this point, you can keep throwing stones at me but I’m going to keep breaking them up and keep doing what I do. That’s just another one. It’s all good.”
Still, Tulloch believes the players who vote on the top 100 players (actually, the players who vote merely pick their top 20) got it right.
“People don’t realize that when you play the game of football you endure a lot and you go through a lot and the players, they understand that,” Tulloch said. “So for the players to vote [me in the top 100] and leave the writers out of it, it speaks volumes because we know what it is to go week in and week out and play against one another.”
Tulloch was more direct in response to MDS’s assessment of the wisdom of Tulloch’s placement ahead of Revis. “Lol I love it when people hate @ProFootballTalk Michael D Smith!” Tulloch said on Twitter. “He can sit behind a computer & write about something he wish [he] could play!”
Tulloch has a right to his opinions. And so do we. On the question of whether Tulloch is actually a better player than Revis, we’ve got a feeling that most people would agree with our opinion.