The final 10 players were named in the NFL Network's list of the "Top 100 Players of 2012." The NFL-dedicated channel began revealing ten players at time starting with No. 100 several weeks ago. And to the surprise of very few, the top player was a quarterback.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers earned top billing. It is an honor bestowed upon Rodgers by his peers, as voting for the list was conducted by NFL players. The NFL Network does not reveal the exact results of the voting.
Rodgers, who finished 11th on 2011's list, was one of three quarterbacks in the top four. Saints quarterback Drew Brees placed second, while Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson finished third and last year's No. 1 Tom Brady came in fourth. New York Jets shutdown cornerback Darrelle Revis rounded out the top five.
Rodgers led the Packers to a 14-1 record last season. He tossed 45 touchdowns, ran for three more and threw just six interceptions, contributing to an NFL record 122.6 quarterback rating. The illustrious season earned Rodgers the AP NFL MVP award, as well as All-Pro and Pro Bowl team selections.
Here are some other players who finished at the top of their positions on the NFL Top 100 list.
- Defensive Player: Darrelle Revis (5th overall)
- Running Back: Adrian Peterson (8th overall)
- Linebacker: Patrick Willis (10th overall)
- Tight End: Jimmy Graham (14th overall)
- Offensive Lineman: Jahri Evans (32nd overall)
- Rookie: Cam Newton (40th overall)
- Fullback: Vonta Leach (45th overall)
Other notable inclusions on the list included Peyton Manning, who finished 50th on the list despite not playing a down this past season. Michael Vick dropped from 20th in 2011 to 70th in 2012. And new Jets utility player Tim Tebow placed 95th on the list.
NFL Network's Top 10 Players of 2012
1. Aaron Rodgers, QB, Packers
2. Drew Brees, QB, Saints
3. Calvin Johnson, WR, Lions
4. Tom Brady, QB, Patriots
5. Darrelle Revis, CB, Jets
6. DeMarcus Ware, LB, Cowboys
7. Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Cardinals
8. Adrian Peterson, RB, Vikings
9. Haloti Ngata, DL, Ravens
10. Patrick Willis, LB, 49ers
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