First and 10: ‘Top 100′ list hits superstar territory’

We’re getting into crunch time on NFL Network’s “The Top 100: Players of 2011” list, with players 30-21 revealed on Sunday night.

As the list moves closer to revealing football’s best player according to his peers, it will be interesting to see if the rankings continue to skew toward offensive players. On Sunday, eight of the 10 names unveiled were on the offensive side of the ball, with only Patrick Willis (No. 23) and James Harrison (No. 21) making the cut on D. There were a slew of guests on the “Top 100: Players of 2011 Reactions” show, including Philip Rivers, who came in at No. 26. The San Diego Chargers QB called into the show to talk about his ranking with NFL Network analysts Warren Sapp and Torry Holt.

Tune in next Sunday night when No. 20-11 is unveiled on NFL Network at 8 p.m. ET.

Here’s what else is on tap Monday:

  • Speaking of the “Top 100” list, three wideouts were included among the 10 stars unveiled Sunday night. NFL.com and NFL Network analysts debate which one is the best to build your offensive attack around.
  • More “Top 100” goodness: Jaguars star Maurice Jones-Drew was in studio to talk about his ranking on the list.
  • Texans back Arian Foster also called into the “Reactions” show, where he deflected praise and pointed out the talents of his teammates.
  • In case you missed it, NFL Good Guy Chad Pennington announced he’ll be sitting out this season as he recovers from shoulder and knee surgeries. He’s taken an analyst gig with FOX and don’t be surprised if the well-spoken Marshall grad excels at it.
  • Check out this crazy play from AFL action over the weekend. This isn’t your average pick six by Erick McIntosh of the Tampa Bay Storm.
  • Nothing like some dead-of-the-offseason, deep-in-the-lockout, NFC East trash talk, right? Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora didn’t take too kindly to recent comments by LeSean McCoy, calling the Eagles running back a “Twitter gangster.” This is why the Internet was invented, folks.
  • NFL.com senior analyst Pat Kirwan checks in for his weekly live chat at 1 p.m. ET to discuss the latest news around the league. Submit a question now.
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