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This review is from: NFL Top 100: Nfl's Greatest Players (DVD)
First of all, this is a terrific four-disc collection that no NFL fan should be without. The 100 greatest players are counted down, in order, with excellent film footage and commentary from a number of players, coaches, sports journalists, historians and "celebrity" fans like Dennis Miller and Burt Reynolds.
As an older fan--I'm over 60--I particularly enjoyed seeing the greats of my youth like Jim Brown, Dick Butkus, Joe Greene and Johnny Unitas "in action" again. No--I'm afraid that players like Jim Thorpe, Red Grange and Slingin' Sammy Baugh were even before my time--but their inclusion tells you that this list covers the entire history of the game, as it should.
I was also impressed with the fine booklet included in the package--a beautiful bonus for fans.
Of course the list inevitably creates debate amongst football fans--a player should be higher--or lower--the great players who are missing etc. In fact as I watched the list, I had a number of questions myself. For example, I would have placed Kellen Winslow and Alan Page much higher.
There are a number of current players on the list--Ed Reed, Randy Moss, Ladainian Tomlinson, Tom Brady, Ray Lewis, Tony Gonzalez and Peyton Manning. I don't dispute their greatness--I'm sure they will all be in the "Hall" someday. However, should they be included on this particular list if they are still playing ? If so, what about Troy Polamalu, Drew Brees, Charles Woodson and Brian Urlacher, to name a few other fabulous players who are still out there "doing their thing" ?
Finally I will throw out a few more names that did not make the "Top 100". So some fans like myself will wonder about :--Jim Taylor--Paul Hornung--Lynn Swann--Franco Harris--Ken Stabler--Eddie George--Drew Pearson--Russ Francis--Dave Casper--Mike Curtis--Frank Gifford--Len Dawson--Larry Wilson--Steve Largent--Jim Kelly--Jerome Bettis--Carl Eller--Isaac Bruce--Billy Sims--Tim Brown--Cortez Kennedy. The longer I sit here, the more names I will think of, but I have made my point. I am sure that any self-respecting fan could add to my list.
There is another question--different players have different roles on a football team. How can we really say who was the greatest between Jim Brown, Lawrence Taylor, Joe Montana and Jerry Rice ? Their positions were so different, although each was capable of changing a game--and often did !
Bottom line--despite my comments, this is a terrific collection that provides hours of memories for football fans, and a ton of "debate material" the next time you get together with your buddies for beer and hot wings ! Enjoy !
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Initial post: Mar 11, 2011 9:39:43 AM PST
Farjad CK says:
Totally agree, specially on Isaac Bruce not being mentioned on the top 100. He was a quiet guy and not a diva like many X receivers in today's game like T.O., Ochocinco, Randy Moss and those guys. And that's, I think, why many people don't think about him that often even though he had the second most yards for a WR before the 2010 season. Sad sad sad. Greetings.
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 13, 2011 7:26:19 AM PDT
Good comment--and speaking of great receivers--what about Cris Carter ? He is now an excellent football analyst, but this guy was one of the best and had terrific "numbers."
Posted on Jun 25, 2011 3:27:29 PM PDT
Mark Blackburn says:
Thanks for the well-written heads-up on a DVD I wasn't aware-of and am now compelled to obtain! My own No. 1 pick, Joe Montana was just here in Winnipeg, to meet with fans at a fund-raiser. I was hooked at your "bottom line" that,
" . . . this is a terrific collection that provides hours of memories for football fans, and a ton of "debate material" the next time you get together with your buddies for beer and hot wings. Enjoy!"
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 26, 2011 9:38:13 AM PDT
Thanks for the compliment Mark. It's not football, but I am delighted to see the NHL back in Winnipeg ! It never should have left !
Posted on Nov 22, 2012 9:46:01 AM PST
C. Guiler says:
Great review, peter. I'm in my 60s, too, and remember most of the names you mentioned. Certainly brings back memories. Think I will have to buy this one!
Chryss in Colorado
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