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Vontaze Burfict tabbed #52 in NFL Top 100

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It took nearly 50 picks, but the Cincinnati Bengals are finally on the board in the NFL Top 100 Players of 2014.

After being named to his first Pro Bowl this past season, linebacker Vontaze Burfict was voted as the 52nd-best player this year. This in't quite as high of an honor, but it's still nice to see his peers think so highly of him.

After learning he would be going to his first Pro Bowl after being undrafted just two seasons ago, he admitted that there were tears of joy flowing down his cheeks as he received the news.

He finished the season leading the NFL with 171 tackles, which was ten more tackles than the next closest player, Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Paul Posluszny.

Burfict has established himself as one of the best backers in the game before he enters his third year in the league.

He's not resting on that, and his former defensive coordinator doesn't want him to either. Now the Minnesota Vikings head coach, Zimmer offered one final motivator for linebacker Burfict before departing to Minnesota:

"Zim was telling me if I keep doing the things I have to do and keep my head on straight and stay out of trouble, there's no reason I shouldn't be in Canton," Burfict said via "That's going to be another goal for my career. You always want to be the greatest player that you can be."

The Bengals are guaranteed to have at least one more player in the Top 100 in A.J. Green. Andrew Whitworth deserves to be in the Top 100 as well after playing so well at both tackle and guard this past season.