There are roughly 1,800 players in the NFL. On Sunday night, the players announced who they felt was the best of all of them.
On the NFL Network show "The Top 100: Players of 2011," Patriots QB Tom Brady was named as the best player in the league heading into the 2011 season, based on a vote by active players. The three-time Super Bowl champion and reigning regular season Most Valuable Player was presented by two of his defensive nemeses': Ravens LB Ray Lewis and Jets CB Darrelle Revis.
Trailing Brady on the list were Colts QB Peyton Manning, Vikings RB Adrian Peterson, Lewis and Ravens FS Ed Reed. Steelers SS Troy Polamalu, Texans WR Andre Johnson, Revis, Saints QB Drew Brees and Bears DE Julius Peppers rounded out the top ten.
The way we see it
Arguments could be made for a handful of players, but it's hard to go wrong with Brady. His play over the past ten years has earned the respect of all his opponents, shown by this announcement. Now he just has to regain his knack for winning in the playoffs after being knocked out the past two seasons by, of all people, the teams led by Lewis and then Revis.