NFL offensive linemen get no love.
In America’s favorite sport, where 22 gigantic men knock the deer antler spray out of each other for three hours, it’s easy to overlook the guys in the trenches.
Thankfully for Greenwich’s own John Sullivan, Grantland.com is giving him his due.
Sullivan was named the NFL’s best center by the website, which is ranking the top player at each position. Though the contributions of offensive linemen are tough to quantify, he clearly had an outstanding season in 2012.
Sullivan opened up holes for NFL MVP Adrian Peterson, who nearly broke the all-time single-season rushing record. Peterson also came back from a gruesome ACL injury and generally looked like a member of an advanced alien species in doing so.
Without the Greenwich native, Peterson’s season would not have been as spectacular. Still, Sullivan missed out on the Pro Bowl after Green Bay Packers center Jeff Saturday was selected for the sixth time in his career despite falling on the Packers’ depth chart.
Grantland’s column is worth reading (though how anyone could write 2,000 words on an offensive lineman is beyond me).
It’s also worth cheering on Sullivan, the big ugly from Connecticut whose name you likely won’t hear on Sundays, but whose impact is being felt throughout the league.