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Romo questions validity of NFLN Top 100 list

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In what could be a pre-emptive strike at the possibility his name won’t appear among the final 30 names to be unveiled in NFL Network’s 10-week space-filling extravaganza (have you heard about our Mt. Rushmore series?), Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has questioned the overall validity of a Top 100 list premised on a supposed player vote.

Romo has raised two arguments regarding the process in comments to Shan Shariff of 105.3 The Fan in Dallas.  First, Romo questioned the extent to which it truly is a vote of the NFL’s player.

“Until I see one person who is a Dallas Cowboy who votes on that stuff, you know at some point I figure they would ask me, Jason Witten or Demarcus Ware to vote,” Romo said.  “I think then maybe it’s a vote by the players. . . .  I don’t think it matters too much.”

Romo then addressed the substantive value of having players vote, when players are exposed only to a limited slice of the NFL.  Indeed, each NFL team plays only 12 other NFL teams during the regular season.

“I would have a hard time telling you who was great in the AFC last year,” Romo said.  “You just go by what’s written about and talked about.”

It’s not the first time a player has scrutinized the overall value of the players-only voting.  Eagles defensive end Connor Barwin has suggested that no players vote on the list at all, a contention the NFL has refuted.

Still, the league admits that only 28.3 percent of the players voted — and even then they simply listed their own personal top 20.  Under Romo’s reasoning, even if 100 percent of the players listed the top 100 players, the system would be flawed by each player’s limited exposure to the league at large.

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39 Responses to “Romo questions validity of NFLN Top 100 list”
  1. Sideline Mob says: Jun 11, 2013 8:13 PM

    For a guy who says he doesn’t “think it matters too much”, Romo’s certainly acting like it matters that much.

  2. doomsdaydefensetx says: Jun 11, 2013 8:14 PM

    I think everyone thinks the Top 100 voting is suspect.

  3. crackills says: Jun 11, 2013 8:18 PM

    It’s funny… but i agree, the top 100 list is as ridiculous as the contract Romo just got signed to.

  4. superbowl42champs says: Jun 11, 2013 8:20 PM

    well if it was actually voted by the players romo would never be on the list since the whole league hates him

  5. orakpocalypse says: Jun 11, 2013 8:20 PM

    As a Redskins fan I couldn’t be more amused by this article. I can’t even imagine RG3 being this sensitive and petty. It’s going to be so fun watching RG3 dominate Romo for the next however many years it takes Jerry to realize Romo is not a starting caliber QB in the NFL. Maybe it’s not the sample size Romo, maybe it’s just that NFL players aren’t going to vote for a player that acts like this or one that’s famous for choking any time the pressure is on.

  6. ringwormsherm says: Jun 11, 2013 8:21 PM

    Obviously it’s rigged. Shermanat 50? Earl Thomas at 66? That’s just a joke right there.

  7. steelerfan35jj says: Jun 11, 2013 8:23 PM

    The top 100 list is a farce made up by the NFLN to garner ratings during a slow offseason!

  8. jack3dsd says: Jun 11, 2013 8:24 PM

    they should make it so you can only vote for players you played against and require so many players from each team to vote making sure that all pro bowlers vote

  9. snap0179 says: Jun 11, 2013 8:25 PM

    I’m sure Romo voted, it was just intercepted and returned for a touchdown

  10. Stiller43 says: Jun 11, 2013 8:25 PM

    Only idiots would take that list seriously. Not enough players vote, and it SHOULD be “top players from 2012,” not “top players of 2013.”

    Various rookies will undoubtedly unseat underperforming vets currently on the list, and if you look back at the 2013 season and look at the “top players of 2013″ list, it wont make any sense

  11. 4thqtrsaint says: Jun 11, 2013 8:32 PM

    I actually agree with him. Weird.

  12. nobody-really-cares-about-my-opinion says: Jun 11, 2013 8:34 PM

    RE: “Romo’s certainly acting like it matters that much.”

    Really? Does answering a question that a reporter asks qualify as “acting like it matters?”

    Sometimes I wish fans would get a little perspective instead of filtering every article through their own bias.

  13. thesteelers says: Jun 11, 2013 8:37 PM

    The NFL questions Romo’s validity as a quarterback.

  14. nyyjetsknicks says: Jun 11, 2013 8:39 PM

    I thought this was the NFL and not high school. Is Romo a 16 year old girl? No, then why would he or anyone care?

  15. geniusesq says: Jun 11, 2013 8:41 PM

    Romo shouldn’t make it either way.

  16. pinion8ted says: Jun 11, 2013 8:45 PM

    Don’t worry Tony, you’re not on it.

    “I would have a hard time telling you who was great in the AFC last year,”

    Umm…. compared to YOU ……. everybody.

  17. maritime85 says: Jun 11, 2013 8:45 PM

    Romo is a good qb, hes def not a weak point in a team, im a giants fan too btw, I have more confidence in romo down to down then Eli…. Until it comes to 4th quarter of a big game of course….. :)

  18. joebantikythera says: Jun 11, 2013 8:47 PM

    They play 13 teams

    3 Division teams
    4 Non-Division Conference teams
    2 Conference teams who finished the same in their respective standings
    4 Non-Conference Teams

    Math…it’s what’s for dinner

  19. dangernearing says: Jun 11, 2013 8:47 PM

    I question the validity of your ‘Mt Rushmore’ piece and ya don’t see me pissing and moaning.. Who cares? It eases the loss of football in our lives.

  20. irishgary says: Jun 11, 2013 8:50 PM

    Romo is top 3 dumbest QBs in the NFL. Shut up and win something no one really cares about these stupid rankings

  21. justintuckrule says: Jun 11, 2013 8:56 PM

    Its almost as ridiculous as this site’s Mt. Rushmore voting where all these know-nothings vote to the mountain whoever scored the most fantasy points for their team this year.

  22. rbanner says: Jun 11, 2013 8:57 PM

    If you knew anything about Romo if he was selected he would have said the same thing—”It really doesn’t matter that much.”

  23. tarheelpirate says: Jun 11, 2013 9:00 PM

    I don’t think this NFLN Top 100 matters, either, but some things are better left unsaid, especially if you are going to sound butt-hurt that you’re not on the list.

  24. hatesycophants says: Jun 11, 2013 9:01 PM

    28.3% is an excellent sample. Romo sounds like a little piss-pot…. and a seasoned choker.

  25. kmg1016 says: Jun 11, 2013 9:22 PM

    I actually think it’d be pretty cool (and instructive) if the NFL polled former players for the current top 100.

  26. antalicus says: Jun 11, 2013 9:35 PM

    Hes right. He has never heard of anyone on the cowboys ever being a part of the voting process. That speaks volumes. They poll a hand full of “players ” and say its based on players opinion. If anyone should be putting together a list of the best players it should be hall of fame players.

  27. lagg1 says: Jun 11, 2013 9:37 PM

    The NFL Network should cease and desist this mickey mouse nonsense. I do not watch it when the list comes out. It is nothing more than filling network time and space. Who Cares!!~ Show the top plays of the year and define how the play worked etc. Show the difference in the two-deep zone, man to man with safeties over the top etc but not this junk.

  28. vbe2 says: Jun 11, 2013 10:16 PM

    The Pro Bowl is player/coach voted too. Would he question it if he was voted to Hawaii?

  29. tbone888 says: Jun 11, 2013 10:17 PM

    If everyone would stop and think just a little bit it’s all a matter of opinion, seriously from the reporters perspectives, the players perspectives and the fan perspectives!!! No matter who says what about who it’s that persons opinion so who gives a $#it!!!

  30. zaggs says: Jun 11, 2013 10:35 PM

    I question Romo’s validity as a playoff QB!

  31. swagger52 says: Jun 11, 2013 10:51 PM

    If have been suspicious ever since Brady was number 1 a few years ago.

  32. chrisnyg says: Jun 11, 2013 10:51 PM

    Hate the Cowboys but I agree with him. I mean RGknee in the top 100? Ya ok!

  33. briang123 says: Jun 11, 2013 10:57 PM

    If Romo is not on that list, that’s solid evidence the list is valid and accurate.

  34. pdidit09 says: Jun 11, 2013 11:10 PM

    R. Banner you are absolutely correct. Tony does not give a damn.

  35. aten45 says: Jun 11, 2013 11:15 PM

    Romo is just jealous and if every player in the league did vote he still doesn’t deserve to be ranked higher than #80

  36. bruiserbrigade says: Jun 11, 2013 11:58 PM

    And the circus continues in Dallas.

  37. fanashan says: Jun 12, 2013 6:11 AM

    I agree with Tony’s logic and agree the whole thing is bogus. But the worst part of the whole thing is that when the top 30 are reveled tony will probably be in there. That’s the travesty! As a skins fan, 6 more years off this clown. Thanks Jerry!!
    HTTR!

  38. dcterp says: Jun 12, 2013 12:14 PM

    Romo’s a good player. definitley polarizing but anyone who thinks he doesnt carry that team doesn’t watch cowboys games.

  39. pintadera2000 says: Jun 12, 2013 1:08 PM

    Get your head back in that playbook, Romo!

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