Stafford reacts to his No. 41 ranking in the NFL’s Top 100 Players

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on May 30, 2012 – 10:29 pm

The NFL Network has been airing their Top 100 Players of 2012 series, this week highlighting the players that fell between 41 and 50 on the list.

Quarterback Matthew Stafford became the first Lions player to make the list, coming in at No. 41.

Whether Stafford should have been ranked higher was a point of debate on the reaction show. Former coaches and current analysts Brian Billick and Steve Mariucci both agreed that Stafford could have been higher, citing his 5,038-yard, 41-touchdown season and the way he put the Lions on his back in 2011.

The list is voted on by NFL players.

Said Stafford on the NFL Network’s reaction show, “I’m happy to be on this list. Obviously I struggled to stay on the field my first two years, was able to put one good season together last year and hopefully looking for more to come.

“I’m just happy the guys in the league felt I was playing well enough to vote me on this list.”

Stafford was also asked about Calvin Johnson and whether there is any doubt in his mind that he will be the highest-ranked receiver on the list as voted by the players.

“I hope not,” said Stafford. “He better be (the highest ranked). If anybody leaves him as not the top guy, they’re crazy.

“He’s a great player to have, a great teammate. Obviously a bunch of yards and touchdowns I had last year I threw to him and I’m happy to have him for sure.”


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NFL, NFLPA announce 2013 Pro Bowl to be played January 27

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on May 30, 2012 – 8:54 pm

The 2013 Pro Bowl will be played at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii for the 33rd time, the NFL and NFL Players Association announced today.  The game will be televised live on Sunday, January 27 on NBC at 7 PM ET and again serve as the signature event to kick off the week leading up to the Super Bowl.  CBS will televise Super Bowl XLVII a week later on Sunday, February 3 from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

“The players have made it clear through the NFL Players Association that they would like the opportunity to continue to play the Pro Bowl in Hawaii,” said NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations Ray Anderson. “We will support the players on this initiative to improve the Pro Bowl. We have had many discussions with the players in recent years about the Pro Bowl and they recognize that the quality of the game has not been up to NFL standards. We look forward to working with the players toward the goal of improving the competitiveness of this season’s game.”

“The players believe that the Pro Bowl is an important tradition,” said NFLPA President Domonique Foxworth.  “We worked hard with the league to make sure the best players in the NFL are honored for their achievements on the field.”

The NFL’s All-Star Game will be played the week before the Super Bowl for the fourth consecutive year. The 2012 Pro Bowl on NBC was watched by an average of 12.5 million viewers, the second most-watched NFL All-Star game since 2001 behind 2011′s game (13.4 million viewers). The Pro Bowl was the most-watched all-star game in all of sports in the 2011 season.

The Pro Bowl was held consecutively in Hawaii from 1980 to 2009. In 2010, the NFL moved the game to the week before the Super Bowl for the first time and it was held in South Florida, site of Super Bowl XLIV.  The Pro Bowl returned to Hawaii for the 2011 and 2012 games.


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NFL.com asks: Is Calvin Johnson the best receiver in the game?

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on May 30, 2012 – 10:41 am

NFL.com poses the question: Will Calvin Johnson topple Larry Fitzgerald in wide receiver rankings?

It reads:

“In 2011, Calvin Johnson transitioned from dynamic to dominant. The Detroit Lions wide receiver emerged as one of the game’s top offensive threats, but has he shown enough to unseat Larry Fitzgerald as the league’s top wide receiver? Daniel Jeremiah will hand out medals to the game’s top wide receivers, as well as the best linebackers, on Wednesday.”

What do you think, Lions fans?


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