After superb performances by both Pittsburgh Steelers superstar players in 2016, the peers of Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell showed them love.
Each year, players are asked by the NFL to compile a list of their projected top 100 players for the following season. The lists of each player are then tallied and combined to create the official list, which is then released on NFL Network on a weekly basis. For the 2017 season, the Pittsburgh Steelers nabbed four selections on the list.
Guard David DeCastro appeared at No. 97, while quarterback Ben Roethlisberger slid to No. 22, his third-straight year ranked between Nos. 20 and 26.
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On Monday night, the top 10 remaining players were revealed. This was familiar territory for Steelers wideout Antonio Brown, who found himself ranked as the fourth best player for 2016. Brown was again in elite company for 2017’s edition, as he topped out at No. 4 for a second-straight season.
While business continues to boom for Brown, fellow Steelers teammate and running back Le’Veon Bell joined Brown inside the top ten at number nine. The duo of Bell/Brown gifted Pittsburgh as one of two teams in the entire league to have two players in the top 10, alongside the Atlanta Falcons.
The NFL Top 100 has garnered much negative attention due to its controversial rankings, but players such as Le’Veon enjoy the nod and recognition of his fellow players, even saying so in his video unveiling his ranking:
“I feel like once you make this Top 100, you just get a sense of what players think about you… It means everything in the world, you kinda want your peers respect more-so than the media… Those are the guys you’re playing with.”
The two Steelers finished second in their respective positions on the rankings, with Brown finishing behind Julio Jones (third overall) and Bell finishing behind Ezekiel Elliot, who landed at No. 7. With the list officially done, the debates will continue about who landed where.