39 New Players Crack the 2012 Top 100 NFL Players List

The votes are in and the players have spoken: at least one of these two quarterbacks – Tim Tebow of the New York Jets and Tony Romo of the Dallas Cowboys – is ranked among players No. 91-100 as voted by their fellow players in Saturday’s debut episode of The Top 100: Players of 2012 Presented by Buffalo Wild Wings debuting at 8:00 PM ET immediately following NFL Network’s live coverage of the 2012 NFL Draft.

For the second year, current NFL players have weighed in to determine the top players in today’s game on the new season of the returning series. After Saturday’s season debut, the NFL Films-produced series continues at its regular time on Wednesdays at 8:00 PM ET, beginning May 2.

Also in the debut episode:
· A trio of 1,000-yard tailbacks
· A three-time Pro Bowl lineman
· A Green Bay Packers offensive player

Immediately following each episode LIVE at 9:00 PM ET will be The Top 100: Players of 2012 – Reactions Presented by Buffalo Wild Wings. Host Lindsay Rhodes and a rotating roster of NFL Network analysts and current NFL players discuss and debate the latest group of players to be unveiled from NFL Network’s Los Angeles studios. Fans have the opportunity to join in the debate and voice their own opinions and reactions on Facebook and Twitter, and vote for their own Top 100 on NFL.com/Top100.
The 11-part series which counts down from 100 to 1, unveiling 10 players in each one-hour episode. The season-finale unveiling the top 10 is split into two special one-hour episodes on Wednesday, June 27 at 8:00 PM & 9:00 PM ET.

A wide range of current NFL players present each selection and discuss the qualities which makes each player deserving of his ranking.

In the new Huddle page on NFL.com, fans can discuss The Top 100 list and voice their opinions on whether or not NFL players got it right. Huddle, a Top 100-specifc social media content page, allows viewers to share Top 100 content, and communicate across social media platforms. Additionally, fans can discuss and debate the players revealed during each episode using the hashtag #NFLTop100.

On NFL.com, viewers can vote on each player ranking and whether it should be higher or lower. Voting results from viewers will be revealed starting halfway through the list on Wednesday, May 30. Viewers can also pose questions for NFL Network analysts and player guests by tweeting their questions to @nflnetwork. An on-air social media crawl will display selected questions and the analysts will answer questions in every episode.

Provided below are some facts regarding The Top 100: Players of 2012 list:

· For the first time, all 32 teams are represented with at least one player on the list. Seattle and Buffalo players were not represented in 2011.
· The Top 100: Players of 2012 features 39 new players
· 24 players with a combined 31 Super Bowl rings.
· For the second consecutive year, the University of Miami, Fla. is the most-represented university (9 players).

Winner of 105 Emmy awards, NFL Films is widely recognized as the most honored filmmaker in sports. Under the vision of Ed and Steve Sabol, NFL Films has revolutionized the way America watches football and set the standard in sports filmmaking. The Top 100: Players of 2012 is just a part of the long list of successful NFL Films productions, along with the Emmy-nominated A Football Life, The Top 100: NFL’s Greatest Players, Hard Knocks and America’s Game.

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