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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