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Jake Long First Dolphin To Make NFL Network's Top 100 Players Of 2012

Posted May 23, 2012

Four-time Pro Bowl left tackle Jake Long made his second consecutive appearance on NFL Network’s The Top 100, coming in at No. 59 for the top players of 2012. Last year he finished 28th.

Long, entering his fifth season, is the first Dolphins player to appear in this year’s countdown. In 2011, the first overall pick of the 2008 NFL Draft was one of three Dolphins that appeared in the poll, with outside linebacker Cameron Wake and wide receiver Brandon Marshall the other two.

Among the players that appeared in the video highlight package were Wake, current Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore, tight end Anthony Fasano and former Dolphins running back Ronnie Brown.

“I think the thing about him that makes him really good is that he’s a great run blocker and pass blocker,” said Arizona Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell. “He is exactly what teams are looking for at left tackle and he’s just huge.”

Other players weighing in on Long’s prowess were former New England Patriots guard Matt Light, Washington Redskins tackle Trent Williams and Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins. Light came up with the  quote of the night to sum up Long.

“He’s a big mammal,” Light said. “I mean he’s just a large individual.”

There were highlights of last year’s Thanksgiving Day game at Dallas where Long matched up one-on-one with Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware and kept him off of Moore long enough for Moore to hit Marshall with a long touchdown pass.

Moore got the last word in and nobody will disagree.

“Knowing that he’s back there on the left side, it’s a good feeling,” Moore said.