The NFL Network unveiled former Green Bay Packers defensive back Charles Woodson on Thursday as the 85th ranked player on their annual “Top 100 Players” list as part of its 2013 edition.
The list is voted upon by players in the NFL, and the off-the-cuff reaction is, “Really?”
Intuitively, the ones playing the game should know best, but this is a prime example that the athletes themselves are not a whole lot unlike fans voting for the Pro Bowl that tend to give too much credit for past performance and name recognition.
Considering that Packers released Woodson during the offseason and he has yet to sign a contract anywhere in the NFL, an argument could be made that Woodson doesn’t deserve to be among the Top 500 players in the NFL let alone the Top 100 in an objective analysis.
Granted, Woodson’s asking price and preference for playing for a contending team may be preventing him from latching on somewhere else. Still, the fact of the matter is that he’s lost a step, maybe two, and his best days are behind him.
There’s no doubt that Woodson was probably among the Top 10 players in the NFL as recently as 2009, but those days are now in the rearview mirror.
For a more realistic and objective analysis, you’re better off checking out ProFootballFocus.com’s Top 101 players of 2012 based upon last season’s performance.