How do we define a ‘superstar’?
The definition of a “superstar” is defined by the NFL and the NFL Players Association as one who “is recognized by the league, its clubs, and the general public as having achieved, or in the opinion of the NFLPA, is capable of achieving, a high level of performance that has been recognized by all of the relevant professional organizations.”
As a rule, that is pretty much it.
It does not matter how much you win, how many rings you get or how many playoff wins you’ve had, whether you’re a household name or not, or even if you have a championship ring.
For some, it’s just an accomplishment.
For others, it means something much more important.
For some it means a place in history, a name synonymous with a team’s championship success.
For some, the designation signifies a position in the sport.
For a few, it can mean something more mundane.
The first, and perhaps most defining, definition of “superstars” is what’s known as the “point total.”
This is the sum of the points that a player earned in a given season and/or playoffs.
If a player had two points, he or she would have won the Super Bowl.
If a player scored three points, the league would award him or her the Super MVP trophy.
If he or her scored five points, or more, he would be a Super Bowl champion.
If she scored 10 points, she would be an All-Star.
If her total of nine points earned her the MVP award, she’d be a First-Team All-Pro.
When the point total is not enough to determine a player’s position in a Superstar’s pantheon, the point totals can be used as a proxy for the type of player a team drafts.
This means that the best players in the league come from a few teams that have drafted the right players.
The worst players come from many teams that are not.
It’s important to note that these statistics are based on how a player would perform in the regular season, not how well they did in the playoffs.
In other words, the most valuable players tend to be the ones that make their teams successful.
That said, if a player did well in the preseason, and then went on to have a breakout season, that’s the kind of player that most people will associate with that team.
A team with a bad team record might draft a player that is generally regarded as a below-average player, and thus the most deserving of the point-total distinction.
In other words: the point score does not tell you how much a player will help a team in the postseason.
The fact that a team is bad at the playoffs, or has a bad record, can be just as important.
What’s more, the value of a SuperStar’s points comes from how they contribute to the team’s success, not what they accomplish on the field.
For example, a player with a Super-12 ranking might score 15 points and help a Superteam win its championship.
However, a point score of 13 would indicate that a SuperTeam had an average player.
Another example is how a Superteamer would contribute to a team by scoring a touchdown on a drive.
If the team scored six points on the drive, the drive would have been a success.
However if a team scored zero points, it would indicate a lack of offense and/ or poor defense.
The more points a SuperTeamer scored, the less likely that drive was successful.
So, when it comes to deciding who to draft or who to build around in the Superstar position, it is important to remember that the NFL doesn’t want you to judge a player based on their point totals.
Instead, they want you judge them based on the team they’re on, the quality of their play, and their value as a contributor to the success of that team over the course of a season.
That’s why drafting the best player is always the most important thing in a draft.