Breaking news just in – the Georgia Bulldogs and the SEC are prominent in the NFL.
In the ongoing global effort to assimilate all fans into the SEC-is-the-greatest mentality, the folks over at Sports Illustrated have been putting together lists of All-Conference teams that currently are stars in the NFL.
The Southeastern Conference list is massive.
The UGA contingent on the SEC list consists of six different players, with one egregious omission – Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford.
The list is supposed to consist of players who are currently making a big impact in the NFL, so here is what list author Chris Burke gave us for QBs
First team: Peyton Manning (Tennessee)
Second team: Cam Newton (Auburn)
Third team: Eli Manning (Mississippi)
OK, Peyton Manning is a given. We all know that. But Cam Newton above Eli Manning, Stafford, and even *coughs* Jay Cutler?
That’s insane. And here’s the logic that Burke gives behind his insanity.
The final placement came down to a combination of Eli Manning’s 2013 slopfest and the two Super Bowl titles he’s won. Newton, Stafford, Cutler and Tannehill have one playoff win between them.
So why Newton on the second-team? Chalk it up to the step forward he took last season during Carolina’s run to the postseason, coupled with a ceiling that still might be higher than any SEC quarterback candidate shy of Peyton.
Sorry Mr. Burke, but I’m not buying it…not even on double coupon day.
Stafford has proven himself as one of the top QBs in the league, even if he has been surrounded by some terrible supporting cast (other than his receivers) and clueless team coaches and front office. Newton may have a high ceiling, but his inconsistency and immaturity have yet to be completely placed in the rear-view mirror.
Other than the slap in the face to Stafford, the rest of the Dawgs on the list are very worthy.
AJ Green – First Team WR
Cordy Glenn – Second Team OT
Charles Johnson – Second Team DE
Geno Atkins – First Team DT
Justin Houston – Second Team OLB
Blair Walsh – First Team K
That’s a pretty good who’s-who of established NFL stars that have come out of the Georgia program.
Here’s the complete team as published in the article.
SI.com NFL All-SEC Alumni Team
|Quarterback||Peyton Manning (TENN)||Cam Newton (AUB)||Eli Manning (MISS)|
|Running Back||Arian Foster (TENN)|
Eddie Lacy (BAMA)
|Zac Stacy (VAN)|
Ben Tate (AUB)
|Darren McFadden (ARK) |
Stevan Ridley (LSU)
|Wide Receiver||A.J. Green (UGA)|
Julio Jones (BAMA)
|Percy Harvin (FLA)|
Alshon Jeffrey (SC)
|Randall Cobb (KTY) |
Mike Wallace (MISS)
|Tight End||Jason Witten (TENN)||Jared Cook (SC)||Martellus Bennett (TAMU)|
|Offensive Tackle||Jason Peters (ARK)|
Andre Smith (BAMA)
|D.J. Fluker (BAMA)|
Cordy Glenn (UGA)
|Offensive Guard||Evan Mathis (BAMA)|
Larry Warford (KTY)
|Ben Grubbs (AUB)|
Chance Warmack (BAMA)
|Center||Maurkice Pouncey (FLA)||Mike Pouncey (FLA)|
|4-3 Defensive End||Carlos Dunlap (FLA)|
Greg Hardy (MISS)
|Michael Bennett (TAMU)|
Charles Johnson (UGA)
|3-4 Defensive End||Ray McDonald (FLA)|
Justin Smith (MIZZ)
|Fletcher Cox (MSU)|
Sheldon Richardson (MIZZ)
|Defensive Tackle||Geno Atkins (UGA)|
Kyle Williams (LSU)
|Marcell Dareus (BAMA)|
Nick Fairley (AUB)
|Outside Linebacker||Von Miller (TAMU)|
Aldon Smith (MIZZ)
|John Abraham (SC)|
Justin Houston (UGA)
|Inside Linebacker||Karlos Dansby (AUB)|
Patrick Willis (MISS)
|DeMeco Ryans (BAMA)|
Brandon Spikes (FLA)
|Cornerback||Joe Haden (FLA)|
Patrick Peterson (LSU)
|Tyrann Matthieu (LSU)|
Captain Munnerlyn (SC)
|Safety||Eric Berry (TENN)|
Eric Reid (LSU)
|Matt Elam (FLA)|
Reggie Nelson (FLA)
|Kicker||Blair Walsh (UGA)||Ryan Succop (SC)|
|Punter||Shane Lechler (TAMU)||Dustin Colquitt (TENN)|