Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews checked in at No. 77 on the NFL Network's 2014 Top 100 List of the league's best players, revealed in a broadcast Wednesday evening.
The Top 100 list is an annual exercise, voted upon by the players themselves. Players ranked 71 through 80 were unveiled Wednesday.
As the top-paid linebacker in the NFL, one could make the argument that Matthews should be ranked higher than 77.
Likely factoring into Matthews' ranking, however, is a second straight injury-plagued season that forced him to miss six full games, including the playoffs, and parts of three others with a broken thumb and bum hamstring. In 2012, Matthews also missed four games.
Whether Matthews is able to make a climb on the list in 2015 will be heavily dependent upon his health. As long as he's suiting up on Sundays, Matthews is always a force to be reckoned with.
Matthews joins teammates Eddie Lacy (90) and Jordy Nelson (83) on the Top 100 list with quarterback Aaron Rodgers yet to be unveiled.
A rundown of The 100 players with a personalized video for each can be found at NFL.com.
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