Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garçon has been named the 80th best player in football as voted by his peers, NFL Network announced on its Top 100 program Wednesday night.
It’s the first time Garçon has been named to the list and, so far, he’s also the only Redskins’ player to make the cut. The league owned network has revealed players 71-100, with the top-70 to still be named in the coming weeks.
Last year, Trent Williams, London Fletcher, Alfred Morris and Robert Griffin III were picked based on their 2012 performances.
While it can be debated where exactly Garçon should have landed on the list, this much is not up for argument: he definitely deserved a spot.
Garçon, 27, led the NFL with 113 receptions and broke Art Monk’s franchise record for catches in a season. The sixth year pro out of Mount Union also gained a career best 1,346 yards and scored five touchdowns.
“Pierre, man, he’s like the nicest, calmest guy off the field, real quite,” Morris said. “When he gets on the field, he flips a switch and he’s an animal. He jaws at everybody, like, ‘I’m here all day. What you gonna do?’ He runs the same route over and over. Defenses know it’s coming—and he still wins.”
Garçon has also won the respect of his opponents.
“He’s such as fast guy, just being as big as he is and being as physical as he is, those are the tools you need to be an elite receiver,” Eagles cornerback Brandon Boykin said. “He’s almost like a running back when he gets the ball in his hands.”
Garçon put up those big numbers—and earned his spot in the top 100—as the Redskins’ undisputed No. 1 wide receiver in 2013. Next season, he’ll have to share the spotlight with three-time Pro Bowler DeSean Jackson, Andre Roberts and a healthy Jordan Reed. It’s going to interesting to see what type of totals Garçon will amass when he’s not necessarily Griffin’s first option.