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Philip Rivers named one of NFL’s Top 100 Players

Dec 24, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) throws a pass against the Oakland Raiders during an NFL football game at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 24, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) throws a pass against the Oakland Raiders during an NFL football game at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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Following one of his best statistical seasons, Philip Rivers has been ranked No. 46 by his peers on the “NFL’s Top 100” list.

That is great respect from his competitors, even with all the smack talk he does on the field (without cursing). Nos. 50-41 were unveiled Wednesday night on NFL Network.

Rivers is familiar with the list after appearing on it in 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015 and now 2016. The only year Rivers missed the list was in 2013.

Being No. 46 on the list is a great accomplishment for the veteran quarterback. Raiders defensive tackle Dan Williams had this to say about Rivers:

“He doesn’t throw passes, he throws handoffs, because his accuracy, it always seems to end up in his receivers hands. You give him enough time he will pick you apart. He talks a lot of smack on the field.”

Rivers ranked one spot ahead of Giants quarterback Eli Manning. Of course, Rivers and Manning have been linked since the 2004 NFL Draft, where the Chargers made a trade to acquire Rivers and draft picks by sending Manning to the Giants in exchange.

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“Philip talks a lot of smack, he may talk the most trash in the NFL and I am not exaggerating.” That is what Cardinals defensive back Tyrann Mathieu had to say about the 34 year old gun slinger.

Rivers may talk a lot of trash, but he sure can back it up with his play. Rivers is coming off a season where he ranked second in the NFL behind Drew Brees in passing yards. That is an outstanding accomplishment in essence to what the Chargers’ injured roster looked like last year.

Rivers dropped three spots in the ranking compared to last year when he ranked No. 43 on the list. Hopefully with a healthy supporting cast, he will rank even higher on the list following the upcoming season.

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