Matt Forte disgruntled about spot on ‘Top 100’ list

Seemingly a package deal with NFL Network’s annual “Top 100” list is the inevitable complaint by a player who ranks too low for his liking.

We saw it in 2012 with Justin Tuck going to bat for Eli Manning. In 2013, Antonio Gates voiced his apparent displeasure.

This year, Bears running back Matt Forte, No. 91 on the “Top 100 Players of 2014,” is that guy.

“It’s obvious that you guys had Packers fans make the list and that’s why I’m so (low) on the list at No. 91,” Forte told NFL Media’s Lindsay Rhodes on Sunday. “I mean, this would’ve been cool if I was the first running back taken off of the board in the draft six years ago, but this is terrible.”

Packers fans would disagree, but Forte has a point. As Chicago’s workhorse, he finished last season second in rushing yards, fourth in yards per carry, third in scrimmage yards, third in receptions and fourth in receiving yards, according to NFL.com.

Still, Forte doesn’t have the name recognition of Adrian Peterson, Marshawn Lynch, Jamaal Charles, or LeSean McCoy — four backs he admits should be ranked higher.

“I guess this has nothing to do with stats,” he said. “This list is not a list of stats. I guess it’s more popularity, maybe?”

Like the Pro Bowl — largely a popularity contest — the “Top 100” is nothing more than offseason fodder. Forte needs no justification for his elite talent or production.

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Zack Kelberman
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