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NFL Network's Top 100 Players Countdown: John Abraham Shows Up At No. 69

In the midst of an NFL news deadzone, further compounded by no new developments in the most recent round of labor litigation, we turn to the good folks at the NFL Network and NFL.com for an intriguing list. In a time when many aspects of the NFL are still quite uncertain, one thing fans can still count on is the annual "The Top 100" segment showcased by NFL Network during every offseason. As part of the program the network dedicates a video segment, complete with commentary by a fellow NFL player or coach, to each player recognized as being one of the top 100 players for the upcoming 2011 season.

The first Falcons player to be named, coming in at No. 69 on the list, is All-Pro DE John AbrahamIn Abraham's video segment, Falcons teammate OT Tyson Clabo weighs in on Abe's uncanny ability send opposing QB's to the turf time and time again. 

The selection isn't all that surprising when you consider that Abraham posted a double-digit sack total for the sixth time in his career, with 13.0 big ones in 2010. What's more impressive though is the fact that Abe came through in the clutch when the team needed him most, with 5.0 of his 13.0 sacks coming in the last two minutes of the half. Ultimately, he finished with almost half of the Falcons' team sack total of 31.0.

But if the numbers don't speak for themselves, then the highlight reel certainly does. John Abraham is a monster, and throughout 2010 Atlanta's entire pass rush constantly relied on him. He certainly deserves to be included among these players, and it's nice to see the media give him his due credit.

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Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.