The NFL Network is in the process of unveiling its annual ranking of the top 100 players in the league — as voted by NFL players — in weekly episodes of 10 players at a time. One of the players featured this week was New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson, who ranked No. 74 out of 100 and higher than glamour-position superstars such as Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (77) and Houston Texans running back Arian Foster (80).
Raised by a Muslim single mother in Linden, N.J., Wilkerson was a football and basketball star in high school who landed at Temple University on a football scholarship. The Jets made Wilkerson a first-round draft pick in 2011, and since then he’s developed into an All-Pro.
In 2014, Wilkerson racked up 55 tackles and 5.5 sacks, with one forced fumble and five pass deflections. But he couldn’t do it all for New York’s defense, as the Jets finished in last place in the AFC East at 4-12. While the rest of the top 100 hasn’t been officially revealed, NFL.com has stated that Wilkerson is the only Jets player that made the list this year.