Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry was voted the 42nd best player in the NFL last season.
And he’s not satisfied.
"I play this game to be recognized as one of the best." he said on Wednesday. "For me, and I'm sure every player, they want to be number one. I've always approached this game that way, and how I've worked, I wouldn't settle for 42."
A year ago, Landry was voted the 98th best on the NFL Networks’ list of the Top 100 players in the league, a list that is compiled based on NFL player voting, which lends a hefty degree of credibility to those who make it onto the list.
Landry wasn’t overjoyed then either, showing his ever-lived competitive streak.
“I honestly was honored,” he said. “But disappointed at the same time. I think any guy that isn’t number one believes he should be number one. If not, I don’t want to play with them. I don’t want them around me. That’s just the way I see it, and that’s my competitive nature speaking out a little bit.”
Landry joins three other Dolphins on this year’s list, along with running back Jay Ajayi coming in at 69th, defensive end Cameron Wake at 62nd, and defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh at 55th.
Landry totaled 94 catches for 1,136 yards and four touchdowns last season, but his value went far beyond his scores. An emotional player known for firing up both teammates and fans alike, he’s a player that quarterback Ryan Tannehill and coach Adam Gase both attribute to helping spark the team during games.
Landry can take solace in the fact that his 42nd-ranking makes him the best player on his team in the minds of his peers. Last year he posted a big red “97” in his locker, to remind himself of the number of players deemed better than him.
He knocked 56 players off the list this time around, but it’s likely there will be a huge “41” spotted in Landry’s locker this year.
This story was written by Eldon Jenson. Follow him on Twitter @EJFootball
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