Alex Mack: Snubbed from NFL Top 100
The 2017 NFL Top 100 will not include All-Pro Center Alex Mack.
The NFL Top 100 is a list of the best players in the NFL, allegedly chosen by fellow NFL players. Falcons Vic Beasley and Devonta Freeman have already been named to the list, at #40 and #41, respectively, and Matt Ryan and Julio Jones will reportedly be in the top ten when it is released this Monday. However, the anchor of the Falcons offensive line, Alex Mack, is not on the list at all.
This is ridiculous, as Mack was a Pro-Bowler and named to the AP All-Pro Second Team this past season. Also, he has the reputation of being one of top centers in the NFL in recent years. Given his stellar play and contribution to an amazing offense, he deserves more recognition.
However, other NFL players have spoken out, criticizing the list for senseless rankings. Notably, J.J. Watt, the superstar defensive end that was injured for the majority of this past season, called out the Top 100 as a “joke” for his high ranking.
While it is frustrating to see Alex Mack not get a moment in the spotlight for his amazing efforts this past season, Falcons fans shouldn’t let it get to them. It’s just a list for the entertainment of fans, not an actual NFL award.
Also, fans should understand that lineman never get the recognition they deserve. Wide receivers and quarterbacks seemingly get all of the love because of their flashiness and better marketability. Games are won and lost in the trenches, but most people would rather see a sixty yard touchdown pass than an Oklahoma drill.
So, even though Alex Mack didn’t appear on this subjective list, Falcons fans still know what he did for the team, and he will hopefully continue to quietly dominate the line of scrimmage next season.