Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Top 100 NFL list includes 13 from SEC
By ESPN.com staff
The NFL players have spoken, casting their votes for the top 100 players in the NFL game today.
You can view their list on NFL.com. Before you go there, want to venture a guess on which conference had the most players?
It wasn't the SEC, nor was it the Big Ten.
It was the Big East with 16.
Now, there's a bit of a catch. We counted those Miami players who played for the Hurricanes when they were competing in the Big East as representing the Big East ... and not the ACC. The same goes for Michael Vick at Virginia Tech.
We also counted those Nebraska and Colorado players making the list as being from the Big 12, even though the Huskers are moving to the Big Ten and the Buffs to the Pac-12 this coming season.
The SEC and Big Ten tied for second behind the Big East, each with 13 players making the top 100. The ACC had 12, and the Pac-12 had 11. The Big 12 had just seven. Notre Dame had one, and the remaining 27 players were from non-BCS schools and/or smaller schools.
Miami led all teams nationally with 10 players. Tennessee was second on the list with six.
There are two ways to look at it from the Vols' perspective. One, they've done a good job of producing premium NFL talent. And two, they haven't done a whole lot with that talent, as it's been 13 years since they last won an SEC championship.
Would you believe that Alabama and Florida didn't have a single player on the list and that LSU has just one? Those three teams have combined for five of the past eight BCS national championships.
Here's a rundown of the SEC players:
No. 2 - QB Peyton Manning (1994-97)
No. 25 - RB Arian Foster (2005-08)
No. 36 - TE Jason Witten (2000-02)
No. 62 - LB Jerod Mayo (2005-07)
No. 93 - S Eric Berry (2007-09)
No. 99 - OT Chad Clifton (1996-99)
No. 48 - CB Champ Bailey (1996-98)
No. 66 - DE Richard Seymour (1997-2000)
No. 98 - RB Darren McFadden (2005-07)
No. 75 - DE Jay Ratliff (2001-04)
No. 45 - WR Dwayne Bowe (2003-06)
No. 23 - LB Patrick Willis (2003-06)
No. 69 - DE John Abraham (1996-99)