BIRDLAND – Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez and running back Michael Turner will be featured on this Sunday’s episode of “The Top 100 players of 2011″ at 8 p.m. on the NFL Network.
Gonzalez and Turner finished ranked between 50-41 by their peers in the 100-player countdown. Quarterback Matt Ryan, who was featured last week, was ranked 52nd. He was presented on the show by former Falcons coach Jerry Glanville. Defensive end John Abraham was ranked 69th.
Gonzalez was second on the team with 70 catches last season. He also amassed 656 yards receiving and scored six touchdowns. He will be presented on the show by Pittsburgh head coach Mike Tomlin.
Turner rushed for 1,371 yards, caught a career-high 12 passes and scored 12 rushing touchdowns last season. He will be presented defensive end Adewale Ogunleye, who played with Houston last season.
As a team, the Falcons have a total of five players ranked in the Top 100. The NFL Network has not released the entire list, but the remaining Falcon is likely wide receiver Roddy White.
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog