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Thursday, January 16, 2014
NFLN survey/most respected: Texans

By Tania Ganguli

In the process of polling hundreds of NFL players from every team in the league, you're going to have some disagreement when it comes to whom players respect most. We polled 10 players from each team to find out what their thoughts were, and of course kept their names anonymous.

It speaks to his reach, then, that Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was such an overwhelming winner in this category with 26.8 percent of the vote.

His career and his command is easy to respect from up close, and the Houston Texans have seen a lot of it first hand. Manning has played in 20 games against the Texans and won 17 of them.

Three players who were on the Texans' opening day roster were among the 78 players to receive votes. Safety Ed Reed received five votes from his peers, defensive end J.J. Watt received two votes and guard Wade Smith received one vote.

The one player I'm surprised didn't get a vote is Texans receiver Andre Johnson. Johnson's sustained success through his 11-year career has earned him many fans among his colleagues, especially among receivers and defensive backs.