Was Patrick Peterson’s Ranking on NFL Network’s Top 100 Players Fair?


January 24, 2013; Honolulu, HI, USA; NFC cornerback Patrick Peterson of the Arizona Cardinals (21) runs the ball during practice for the 2013 Pro Bowl at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Sports fans are known for being intense and passionate about their favorite team(s) and player(s). When I was asked, “Was Patrick Peterson’s ranking on NFL Network’s top 100 players countdown fair?”, I can only respond to this question with a question.

“How, exactly, is it unfair?”

I from time to time, find myself kind of getting upset at some of these list, saying, how can you put this person inf ront of that person, sometimes it’s mind boggling. Peterson is entering his third season, he’s an awesome player, but he’s still learning how to play his position to NFL standards.

For a second-year player, Peterson was voted the 33rd best player in a league that has over 1,600 players, what’s there to complain about. That’s only a little more than a half of a team worth of players that’s ranked higher than him, a second-year player.

Peterson intercepted seven passes in 2012 and returned four punts for touchdowns in 2011, so he’s certainly an explosive playmaker. There are better players, but Peterson is certainly one of the best defensive players in the NFL.

I say, does it really matter where he’s on this list for the time being, the man is on the top 100 Players list and isn’t even 23 years old yet. Give the man another season, maybe two and then if he isn’t in the top ten on this list, then I can fully understand. Until then, let’s keep the blood pressure down, it’s not worth a heart attack.