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Thursday, January 16, 2014
NFLN survey/respected player: Rams

By Nick Wagoner

ST. LOUIS -- Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning continues to rack up the honors among his peers courtesy of the latest NFL Nation poll of 320 players. He already earned the most votes as the player to build a team around. Now he's also been mentioned the most times in the poll as the league's most respected player.

I have a hunch that while Manning isn't one to take pride in individual accolades or poll results, this is one he's probably value above many others. In talking to 10 Rams for this exercise, Manning's name came up right away multiple times and for obvious reasons. Players greatly value the opinion of other players and they also value their respect.

Manning won this one going away, earning nearly 27 percent of the vote with New England's Tom Brady second at 7.5 percent. In total, 78 players received votes though no St. Louis Rams appeared in the top seven. One former Ram did finish tied for sixth though in the form of linebacker London Fletcher.

Fletcher started his career with the Rams and became one of the league's top middle linebackers before the Rams decided to let him walk in free agency. It was one of the worst personnel decisions in a series of many the team has made in the 2000s as Fletcher has gone on to a career that will garner strong consideration for the Hall of Fame.