When Will Roddy Get The Respect He Deserves?

ATLANTA - AUGUST 13: Roddy White #84 of the Atlanta Falcons reacts after a touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs at Georgia Dome on August 13 2010 in Atlanta Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The Falcons get no love from the rest of the nation. I'm used to it, and while I don't understand it, I can let it slide. Roddy White, however, is constantly disrespected, and it's to the point where it truly makes no sense.

I wrote about his No. 65 ranking on NFL Network's "The Top 100: Players of 2012" several weeks back, but now a new list has come to my knowledge. Pro Football Focus released their rankings back in May, but it wasn't until today that I noticed the article.

Guess where PFF has No. 84 listed in the top 101 players from last season? Go ahead, take a look and check. What's that? You can't find Roddy's name on the list? That's right, he's not even included.

It seems that finishing second in the league in total receptions is irrelevant these days. Or ranking eighth in total receiving yards. Or the fact that he's the only player to finish with 100+ catches in back-to-back seasons right now. Or that he was tied for first in first down receptions. But honestly, who cares about statistics?

Five Falcons made PFF's Top 101 list. Grimey, Abe, Matty Ice, 'Spoon and Tony G all made the cut. While I clearly think they all deserved it, it's ridiculous White wasn't in there somewhere.

Eleven receivers can be found in these rankings: Megatron, Larry Fitz, Wes Welker, Victor Cruz, Steve Smith (Carolina), Hakeem Nicks, Jordy Nelson, Marques Colston, Antonio Brown, Percy Harvin and Mike Wallace. You're telling me Jordy Nelson is better than Roddy White? I honestly laughed when I saw he was No. 53 overall. The guy has a breakout campaign with arguably the best QB in the league, and all of the sudden he's one of the greatest.

The only knock on Roddy really is his dropped passes. But when you look at how many drops he had in comparison to the number of passes thrown his way, you can start to see how this is kind of a weighted stat. White had 115 catchable balls thrown his way, and he caught 100. Golden Tate didn't have a single drop, but he also only had 35 catchable targets.

Obviously I'm a biased observer here, but I think we can all agree No. 84 is one of the best at what he does. Excluding him from a list of the best 101 players is absurd.

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