In the weeks before Arian Foster was revealed as the No. 25 player on NFL Network’s “The Top 100: Players of 2011″ list, the Houston Texans running back tweeted that he didn’t want to be on the list, instead insisting his offensive line deserved the recognition.
Does Foster — who called into the “Top 100: Players of 2011 Reactions” show on Sunday night — still feel that way?
“Yeah, I think I can live with (being on the list), but I’d rather have my big hogs up there right alongside me,” said Foster, who led the NFL with 1,616 yards and 18 total touchdowns last season.
Foster continued to spread the praise when NFL Network analyst Warren Sapp asked if he believed Matt Schaub should’ve been on the “Top 100″ list. Houston’s strong-armed QB didn’t make the cut despite his 53 touchdown passes over the past two seasons.
“Absolutely. … He’s had back-to-back 4,000-yard seasons and we’ve been in the top of the league in offense since he’s been a Houston Texan. It’s just one of those things, this is a list where somebody has to get put off because there’s so many great quarterbacks in this league, so it’s unfortunate.”
Foster was arguably the biggest surprise of the 2010 season. NFL Network analyst Torry Holt asked Foster what he had expected from himself entering last season.
“I was fighting for a starting position initially, so I was just expecting to try to help my team compete the best (way) possible,” he said. “So when I got that opportunity, I think the hard work took over because I dedicated myself last offseason and everything just took over.”
Ten players are revealed each week from the Top 100 list, which airs Sundays at 8 p.m. ET on NFL Network. Next week will count down numbers 20 through 11.