As everyone knows, the NFL Network is counting down the top 100 players in NFL history with a series of shows on Thursday nights. You can find the list of players here. If you want to debate whether players are in the right place on the list, it's a good idea to know which 20 players are left. And, since I was one of the voters in the "Blue Ribbon Panel," I happen to be in a good position to help out with that.
As I noted when I posted my ballot back in September, the voting process did not actually have us rank players 1-100. Instead, we were asked to rate all players on a 1-10 scale. There are 22 players left who I rated at "7" or above. One of them is Junior Seau, who I had to add as a "write-in" because he was left off the ballot in a colossal error. Of the remaining 21 players, the most obscure is 50s Chicago Bears linebacker Bill George. I'm going to guess that he's the other player missing from the top 100.
That would leave these players as the final Top 20:
If you would like to complain about quarterbacks being rated too high, that makes eight quarterbacks in the top 23 (including Tom Brady at 21 and John Elway at 23).
Here are the players I think were the biggest mistaken absences from the list. These are all guys I rated "5" or higher who did not make the top 100: