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J.J. Watt dubs Top 100 list a joke, for unlikely reasons

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Usually when a player attacks NFL Network’s meaningless, flawed, filler series devoted to counting down the top 100 players in the NFL, the player is complaining that he ended up too low. One prominent player is now complaining that he ended up too high.

Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt reacted to landing at No. 35 on the 2017 Top 100 list by saying, “I played three games. . . . This list is a joke.”

Indeed it is. Players (it’s unclear how many) are asked during the season to list their top 20 players, and the numbers then get cobbled into the top 100.

Watt’s complaint is actually good news for NFL Network, given that before it happened the 2017 edition of the series had created no buzz whatsoever, with most people not even realizing that this year’s list was being unveiled every Monday night.

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24 Responses to “J.J. Watt dubs Top 100 list a joke, for unlikely reasons”
  1. edon8334 says: Jun 5, 2017 9:59 PM

    yea i had no clue about that list until this article..I still won’t look at the list though

  2. michaelskakel says: Jun 5, 2017 10:04 PM

    To be fair, if he was healthy he’d be in the top 5. I think it’s fair to say that JJ Watt will be a top 35 player this season…

  3. learysdisciples says: Jun 5, 2017 10:06 PM

    Why don’t they do a Top 1,472 players?

  4. tqaztec says: Jun 5, 2017 10:17 PM

    Clay Mathews and his 24 tackles made him #82.


  5. superpatriotsfan says: Jun 5, 2017 10:40 PM

    He’s right. And you Pats homers need to stop taking the NFL so seriously after you claim to hate it and Roger Goodell.

  6. thermo321 says: Jun 5, 2017 10:41 PM

    It is a joke. 53 of the 100 should be Patriots players.

  7. smstonerock says: Jun 5, 2017 10:47 PM

    JJ, the list is about projections for next year, not reults from last year.

  8. bleedingfacemask says: Jun 5, 2017 10:48 PM

    “Players (it’s unclear how many) are asked during the season to list their top 20 players,…”


  9. smstonerock says: Jun 5, 2017 10:48 PM


  10. cobrala2 says: Jun 5, 2017 10:49 PM

    It’s hard to get excited about 100 players in any sport.

  11. terryleather says: Jun 5, 2017 10:59 PM

    For someone who cracks on the NFL so much for not allowing the players to have fun, you sure do throw a hissy fit when the NFL network tries to do something for fun itself.

  12. hakunamangata says: Jun 5, 2017 11:39 PM

    Not a Texans or Wisconsin fan but honestly how can you not like him?

  13. pnut87 says: Jun 5, 2017 11:58 PM

    It creates no buzz because it is a joke. The NFL people can’t even decide it the list is based on the preveous season, the projection for next season, or on the career body of work. I know that no one I’ve talked to about the list can figure that out. Remember the year Peyton didn’t play? He was #50 on the list that year. Everyone has figured out how big a joke it is. Going the way of the pro bowl.

  14. campcouch says: Jun 6, 2017 12:51 AM

    Or maybe they still rank him regardless of injury. Sounds like players and NFLN respect the man’s game.

  15. flipola says: Jun 6, 2017 1:28 AM

    It’s a ranking for the upcoming year, not last year, you meathead. You won’t be on the list within a few years, drink it in, man.

  16. unomasmore says: Jun 6, 2017 1:38 AM

    Don’t be so obtuse. Watt, you are a joke.

  17. xarcticsoldierx says: Jun 6, 2017 2:13 AM

    Glad he agrees. Thats where jordy nelson should’ve been or higher.

  18. bdwilliams3 says: Jun 6, 2017 2:41 AM

    His peers respect him, no joke. Watt is the singular best DL in the game, no joke. Some people can’t take a compliment

  19. mburkett1980 says: Jun 6, 2017 5:46 AM

    I think this whole Top 100 thing is already played out. It should have been like a once every 3 or 4 years sort of thing.

  20. bootska says: Jun 6, 2017 6:17 AM

    The NFL has a network?

  21. fmc651 says: Jun 6, 2017 6:27 AM

    Clay Fabio Matthews 20 tackles, 4 assisted tackles, 5 sacks. They moved him back to the outside to use his pass rushing again. It didn’t work.
    And he is a top 100. And the packers pay him almost $13 million. A complete joke. He has been overrated for years.

  22. joetoronto says: Jun 6, 2017 7:41 AM

    The list is for the top 100 players of 2016, NOT 2017.

    It’s a reflection on the past season.

  23. factschecker says: Jun 6, 2017 8:33 AM

    The production value at the NFLN is on par with a high school kid that found his parents video camera.

    Stop trying to be trendy. Stop trying to be hip.
    By all means START trying to be an NFL network.
    FOOTBALL. FOOTBALL. and more FOOTBALL should be the ONLY focus.

  24. jo6pack says: Jun 6, 2017 10:46 AM

    Its the same reason Adrian Peterson still made it.

    Part of it is based on how good other players feel they’ll be going forward as well. Of course Watt deserves to be high on the list, he’s a top-3 player when he’s healthy.

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