In a 10 part series on the NFL Network, the players in the NFL voted on who they considered to be the best players of 2011. There were some surprises and some who were expected to be there, but the top spot was not a surprise to very many in football or to football fans.
The top spot for 2011 was Patriots QB Tom Brady. Brady finished last season as the MVP of the league with 36 touchdowns, a 111.0 rating and throwing only four interceptions. The players saw those as some of the main factors in his garnering the top spot.
Following Brady to round out the top 5 were Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, Adrian Peterson, Ray Lewis and Ed Reed. It is interesting to see how the players perceive “the best” players. I can think of a multitude of reasons why Peterson shouldn’t be in the top 5 and with Reed missing so much of the season, he wouldn’t be in my top 5 either. But these are the players choices, not mine after all.
On the fans voting list, Peyton Manning took the top spot, Aaron Rogers was second and Brady was third.
Tom Brady told NFL Network on learning of his top spot on the player’s list, “To me, [Manning]‘s the greatest of all time.” That’s a big statement. Of all time. As in forever.
The rest of the top 10 consisted off Troy Polamalu, Andre Johnson, Darrelle Revis, Drew Brees and Julius Peppers. Again, I find some of these choices to be very interesting. No where in the players top 10 is Super Bowl winner Aaron Rogers. Crazy Jets defensive back Darrelle Revis is in. No Big Ben in the top 10.
Rounding out the top 20 on the list, Aaron Rogers, DeMarcus Ware, Chris Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald, Charles Woodson, Haloti Ngata, Nnamdi Asomugha, Clay Matthews and Michael Vick.
You can find the entire list at NFL Top 100. Lots of surprises in this list. Where did you favorite end up?