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Gates: 'Top 100' voters are a joke

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07:00 AM ET 05.10 | Antonio Gates had one simple explanation as to why he ranked just 73rd on NFL Network's "Top 100 Players of 2013" countdown. The people who decide such things don't know what they're talking about. "Apparently they don't watch football," the longtime San Diego Chargers tight end said Thursday on the "Top 100" aftershow. "I understand everybody's opinion. Some people are stats guy, some people are into who catches the touchdowns and passes, who has 100-something catches. A lot of people are not really interested in what the game plan is about. It's funny to me because it's a joke in a sense, it's kind of funny." Also funny: The voters who decide the "Top 100" are fellow NFL players. So they watch football and play it.

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May 10, 2013  07:46 AM ET

Im sure there's some type of criteria being followed..

May 10, 2013  08:03 AM ET

Being on the Chargers doesn't help, either.

May 10, 2013  08:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Being on the Chargers doesn't help, either.

Showing the effects of age and injuries might effect your standing as well.

May 10, 2013  08:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Being on the Chargers doesn't help, either.

His ship has sailed..

May 10, 2013  08:39 AM ET

Except it is his fellow players in the NFL that vote. Is he saying they are dumb and do not know the game or watch it?

May 10, 2013  08:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

His ship has sailed..

His ship has sunk.

May 10, 2013  09:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Except it is his fellow players in the NFL that vote. Is he saying they are dumb and do not know the game or watch it?

Yes - he is.

May 10, 2013  09:19 AM ET

Poor loser.

May 10, 2013  09:38 AM ET

Gates should just acknowledge that this list is nothing more than spring/summer filler for NFLN and just move on.

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May 10, 2013  09:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Free O.J. Simpson !!!!

Right after the lethal injection.

May 10, 2013  09:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Except it is his fellow players in the NFL that vote. Is he saying they are dumb and do not know the game or watch it?

sounds like some sour grapes

May 10, 2013  10:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Gates should just acknowledge that this list is nothing more than spring/summer filler for NFLN and just move on.

No ring and no respect doesn't sit well with Gates.

You hear HOFers say that induction matters so much more than a SB ring, but even though Gates is a HOF lock, I'll betcha he's not looking at it that way right now.

May 10, 2013  10:01 AM ET

"The people who decide such things don't know what they're talking about."
Yeah well; many GMs and coaches apparently don't know what their talking about either (and certain owners)...

May 10, 2013  10:18 AM ET

No shame in being voted the 73'rd best player in a 32 team league.

For me, he doesn't even belong on the list.

May 10, 2013  10:32 AM ET

Your QB is getting fat

May 10, 2013  10:32 AM ET

The list isn't complete yet, but Gates finished ahead of Aaron Hernandez, Heath Miller and Dennis Pitta as tight ends.

I could argue that any one of those guys is better than Gates. Even at #73, I think he's living on past performance, not where he is now.

May 10, 2013  10:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

No shame in being voted the 73'rd best player in a 32 team league.For me, he doesn't even belong on the list.

a few years ago he belonged but not anymore. Hes a shell of his former self so his comments that the voters don't know what theyre talking about may be correct because haing him that high is crazy

May 10, 2013  12:44 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Free O.J. Simpson !!!!

The juice is loose... in gen pop that is.

 
May 10, 2013  01:27 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Being on the Chargers doesn't help, either.

With Manti on board Imagination Land's top 100 should be easy to get on their list.

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