certainly hear from many bruised egos in reaction to Peter King's ranking of
the NFL's top 500 players (The King 500, Sept. 3), but the loudest outcry
should come from kickers. Six placekickers and six punters on the whole list!
How many games are decided by the heroics--and miscues--of these unsung
Russell E. Ruthig, Cortland, N.Y.
Marvin Harrison 42nd and described him as "slipping." But Harrison, 35,
is still outplaying other wide receivers who are in their primes. His 1,366
receiving yards were the second most in the NFL last year, and his 95
receptions were third best.
Lucas Button, Syracuse
Ranking Ray Lewis
at No. 86, as the 14th-best linebacker--and third-best Ravens linebacker--will
no doubt inspire him to have an MVP-caliber season. I guess it's a good thing I
have Baltimore as my fantasy team defense.
Greg Stillman, Avon, Conn.
Brett Favre is
the best 113th-ranked player in the history of the NFL.
Bruce Gilbert, Penn Valley, Pa.
at 289? Is he playing with one leg this year?
Roy Thagard Jr., Fayetteville, N.C.
I had to search
all the way to 392 to find the best fullback of the last 25 years, Lorenzo Neal
of the Chargers. He has blocked for a 1,000-yard rusher for 10 straight
Brandon John L'Herault
Santa Clarita, Calif.
How can Ravens
running back Willis McGahee miss the top 500 but Cowboys punter Mat McBriar
make the top 300?
Tyler Steinhardt, Baltimore
Willie Parker was way too low at No. 173--he and the Eagles' Brian Westbrook
(96) are the same guy, just in different uniforms. That being said, after
careful review for four hours, I've concluded that King's list was ...
Lee Schwartz, Fargo, N.D.
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