Jarvis Landry was not happy about being No. 52 on NFL Network’s Top 100 list, which is chosen by the players. He thinks he’s far better, especially at his position.
“I consider myself the best,” the Browns wide receiver told reporters Wednesday, via the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. “I consider myself the most complete receiver.”
Landry led the NFL with 112 receptions in 2017 and has averaged 100 catches per year since coming into the NFL in 2014, despite catching passes from a slew of different quarterbacks with the Dolphins.
The good thing for Landry is it doesn’t matter where he stands on the Top 100 list. The Browns valued him highly which is why they signed him to a five-year, $75 million deal this offseason.
Here’s why. First off, to create the list, we started with more than 600 of the biggest names in sports, drawn from 68 countries, then had ESPN’s director of analytics, Ben Alamar, rank them based on a formula that took into account three fame factors: endorsement dollars; Google Trend score, which measures how often a name is searched, using Cristiano Ronaldo’s score of 100 as a baseline (the higher the better); and social media following. (Since not all athletes are on every platform, we used only the number from their most popular account.)
Remember, this is a global ranking of fame. While hockey is an international sport, other sports have a much larger worldwide footprint. Thus, the most players on the World Fame 100 — including No. 1 Ronaldo — come from soccer, the biggest game in the world. Even though the NHL is the most popular league in Canada, that country’s population is minuscule compared with, say, India (more than 1.3 billion) — which helps explain why 10 cricket players from the Indian Premier League, which has a viewership of 316 million, made the top 100, while no NHL or Major League Baseball players did.