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NFLN Survey/respected player: Ravens

1/19/2014

Peyton Manning was the runaway winner as the most respected player in the NFL, according to an ESPN survey of 320 players around the league.

It's easy to see why. His production, preparation and ability to overcome a serious neck injury are all reasons why players revere Manning so much. Manning received 26.8 percent of the votes, and Tom Brady finished a distant second with 7.5 percent. I thought it was odd that the most respected defensive player -- Washington's London Fletcher -- received only 3.4 percent of the votes.

So, which Ravens player is the most respected? No one from Baltimore made the list, but I can speculate on who is the most respected by his teammates.

On offense, I would bet most would go with guard Marshal Yanda. He is a Pro Bowl lineman who is the toughest player on the team. As far as defense goes, I believe many would say linebacker Daryl Smith (the player who was known as "Buck") is the most respected. Even though last season was his first in Baltimore, his "say little, work hard" mentality resonated with a lot of teammates.