First and 10: Ware has the ego to match the skill

Part of being truly great is having ambition that matches, or sometimes exceeds, physical talent. Phil Collins would probably still be stuck behind the drum kit on a Genesis reunion tour if he didn’t have the drive to become a front man. And that’s how a guy who looks like a junior high math teacher became one of the biggest rock stars of the 1980s.

Ambition is something the “Invisible Touch” singer and DeMarcus Ware have in common (we’re guessing this is the only thing the two have in common, actually). The Dallas Cowboys defensive end was in-studio on Sunday night, discussing his No. 12 ranking on the “The Top 100 Players of 2011” list.

Ware has 80 sacks in the past six years, the most in the league during that time frame.

“You know, I think I should be the number one guy on the list,” Ware said with a grin that wasn’t quite convincing that he was joking. “But at the end of the day, people are going to vote you where they think you should be.”

When NFL Network analyst Jamie Dukes told Ware that he was the highest-ranked player from a non-playoff team, the Pro Bowler pinpointed that as the problem.

“I think if I had made the playoffs, they’d be a little different.”

I guess we’ll have to wait for next year’s list to see if Ware — and the Cowboys — can get where they want to go.

Here’s what else is on tap Monday:

  • Aaron Rodgers might have been the Super Bowl XLV MVP, but he didn’t crack the top 10 of “The Top 100 Players of 2011” list, coming in at No. 11. This was one of the topics debated during the “Top 100 Players of 2011 Reactions” show.
  • NFL Network’s Dave Dameshek was unhappy with the revelation that Rodgers didn’t finish higher in the rankings. We’re talking really unhappy. Listen to DD’s rant in the latest edition of the “Dave Dameshek Football Program.”
  • Rodgers wasn’t the only quarterback with a controversial ranking on the “Top 100” show. Michael Vick came in at No. 20, leading to an in-studio discussion if that was the right place for the Eagles quarterback to land.
  • Peyton Hillis is one tough dude. How tough? This story involves long walks around his Arkansas neighborhood and a half-ton truck. The vehicle is not in drive during said jaunts.
  • Be on the lookout for a story later on where we debate which wide receiver has been football’s best since 2000. NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora and analyst Elliot Harrison have their say.
  • Hall of Famer Jim Kelly will be on Bills cam today on “NFL Total Access.” Don’t be surprised if part of the conversation focuses on those snazzy new Bills uniforms unveiled Friday night.
  • personnel guru Gil Brandt takes your questions on all of the NFL offseason topics during his weekly live chat on Monday at 1 p.m. ET. Submit a question now.
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