ATL fun fact: Arian Foster is the only player we've seen on NFL Network's "Top 100: Players of 2012" who didn't budge from his ranking a year ago.
Foster remains parked at No. 25, a respectable residence no doubt, but still relatively low for a player who's arguably been the NFL's top running back the past two seasons.
Foster didn't retain his rushing title in 2011, but that's largely due to the meddlesome hamstring injury that kept him from busting loose in the season's first month. After Foster got healthy, he ramped things up, finishing the regular season averaging 150 yards of total offense per game.
When the stakes were raised in the playoffs, Foster got better. Playing with a rookie third-string quarterback who defenses knew would not be the focal point, Foster ran for 285 yards and three touchdowns over two monster games.
In 2011, Foster proved beyond a shadow of a doubt he was no fluke in 2010. But there he was, still stuck in neutral on the "Top 100." Texans teammate Brian Cushing took issue with his placement on Twitter.
Come on man 25?? Arian Foster is the best running back in the league!!- Brian Cushing (@briancushing56) June 13, 2012
Foster wasn't even the top-ranked running back in Wednesday's NFL Network telecast -- that honor went to Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice at No. 22. Looking at the list so far, we haven't seen other running back studs like LeSean McCoy, Maurice Jones-Drew and Adrian Peterson yet.
You're telling me there are four running backs better than Arian Foster in the NFL today? To borrow a line from a new Miami Dolphin, "Child, please."