THE BRANCH — Five Atlanta Falcons made the Sporting News’ list of the 100 greatest players in the NFL Today, as selected by a panel of 106 Hall of famers, major award winners, executives, coaches and other football experts. (No, I wasn’t on the panel. Mere oversight I’m sure).
Tight end Tony Gonzalez (10th), running back Michael Turner (42nd), quarterback Matt Ryan (63rd), wide receiver Roddy White (87th) and defensive end John Abraham 93rd).
The Steelers and the Vikings placed seven players on the list.
The Chargers, Colts and Eagles had six players.
The Falcons, Cardinals, Cowboys, Patriots and Ravens had five players.
Some of the 106 panelists had ties to the Falcons including former players Steve Bartkowski, Billly “White Shoes” Johnson, Claude Humphrey and Jeff Van Note.
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning heads up the list followed by New England’s Tom Brady.
The complete list is below and can also be found online.
Here’s the position breakdown. There were 12 quarterbacks ranked, most of any position, followed by: defensive/nose tackles (11), wide receivers and defensive ends (10 of each), outside linebackers (9), running backs and cornerbacks (8), offensive tackles (7), guards (6), safeties (5), tight ends and middle linebackers (4), and centers and inside linebackers (3).