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Aaron Rodgers’ peers say he’s the NFL’s best player

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Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is the best player in the NFL, according to a vote of his fellow players.

Rodgers was revealed as the pick for No. 1 on NFL Network’s Top 100 show, which surveyed NFL players and asked them to name the best in their ranks. Rodgers’ selection was widely expected, as he’s the reigning league MVP.

Saints quarterback Drew Brees was, as expected No. 2. In something of a surprise, Lions receiver Calvin Johnson was voted the third-best player in the NFL, ahead of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who was No. 1 last year but slipped to No. 4 this year.

Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis was the highest-ranking defensive player on the list, improving from No. 8 last year to No. 5 this year.

The full Top 100 is below.

1. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers quarterback
2. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints quarterback
3. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions wide receiver
4. Tom Brady, New England Patriots quarterback
5. Darrelle Revis, New York Jets cornerback
6. DeMarcus Ware, Dallas Cowboys outside linebacker
7. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver
8. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings running back
9. Haloti Ngata, Baltimore Ravens nose tackle
10. Patrick Willis, San Fransisco 49ers inside linebacker
11. Terrell Suggs, Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker
12. Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville Jaguars running back
13. Jared Allen, Minnesota Vikings defensive end
14. Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints tight end
15. Andre Johnson, Houston Texans wide receiver
16. Ed Reed, Baltimore Ravens safety
17. Justin Smith, San Francisco 49ers defensive end
18. LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles running back
19. Troy Polamalu, Pittsburgh Steelers safety
20. Ray Lewis, Baltimore Ravens middle linebacker
21. Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots tight end
22. Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens running back
23. Wes Welker, New England Patriots wide receiver
24. Jason Pierre-Paul, New York Giants defensive end
25. Arian Foster, Houston Texans running back
26. Julius Peppers, Chicago Bears defensive end
27. Clay Matthews, Green Bay Packers outside linebacker
28. Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers running back
29. James Harrison, Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker
30. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback
31. Eli Manning, New York Giants quarterback
32. Jahri Evans, New Orleans Saints guard
33. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears running back
34. Tamba Hali, Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker
35. Steve Smith, Carolina Panthers wide receiver
36. Charles Woodson, Green Bay Packers cornerback
37. Steven Jackson, St. Louis Rams running back
38. Ndamukong Suh, Detroit Lions defensive end
39. Victor Cruz, New York Giants wide receiver
40. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers quarterback
41. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions quarterback
42. Jason Peters, Philadelphia Eagles left tackle
43. Vernon Davis, San Fransisco 49ers tight end
44. Jason Babin, Philadelphia Eagles defensive end
45. Vonta Leach, Baltimore Ravens fullback
46. Champ Bailey, Denver Broncos cornerback
47. Mike Wallace, Pittsburgh Steelers receiver
48. Devin Hester, Chicago Bears returner
49. Maurkice Pouncey, Pittsburgh Steelers center
50. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos quarterback
51. Brian Urlacher, Chicago Bears middle linebacker
52. Von Miller, Denver Broncos outside linebacker
53. Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta Falcons tight end
54. Brian Cushing, Houston Texans inside linebacker
55. Patrick Peterson, Arizona Cardinals cornerback
56. Greg Jennings Green Bay Packers receiver
57 Trent Cole Philadelphia Eagles defensive end
58 Jonathan Vilma New Orleans Saints middle linebacker
59 Jake Long Miami Dolphins left tackle
60 Darren McFadden Oakland Raiders running back
61 Philip Rivers San Diego Chargers quarterback
62 Justin Tuck New York Giants defensive end
63 LaMarr Woodley Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker
64 Logan Mankins New England Patriots guard
65 Roddy White Atlanta Falcons receiver
66 Earl Thomas Seattle Seahawks Safety
67 Joe Staley San Fransisco 49ers tackle
68 Elvis Dumervil Denver Broncos defensive end
69 Carlos Rogers San Francisco 49ers cornerback
70 Michael Vick Philadelphia Eagles quarterback
71 DeSean Jackson Philadelphia Eagles receiver
72 Lance Briggs Chicago Bears outside linebacker
73 Johnathan Joseph, Houston Texans cornerback
74 Joe Flacco Baltimore Ravens quarterback
75 Jason Witten Dallas Cowboys tight end
76 Carl Nicks New Orleans Saints guard
77 A.J. Green Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver
78 Derrick Johnson Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker
79 Nnamdi Asomugha Philadelphia Eagles cornerback
80 Jordy Nelson Green Bay Packers receiver
81 Vince Wilfork New England Patriots nose tackle
82 Joe Thomas Cleveland Browns left tackle
83 Fred Jackson Buffalo Bills running back
84 Chris Long St. Louis Rams defensive end
85 NaVorro Bowman San Fransisco 49ers linebacker
86 Darren Sproles New Orleans Saints running back
87 London Fletcher Washington Redskins linebacker
88 Michael Turner Atlanta Falcons running back
89 Dwight Freeney Indianapolis Colts defensive end
90 Hakeem Nicks New York Giants wide receiver
91 Tony Romo Dallas Cowboys quarterback
92 John Kuhn Green Bay Packers fullback
93 Cortland Finnegan Tennessee Titans cornerback
94 Marshawn Lynch Seattle Seahawks running back
95 Tim Tebow Denver Broncos quarterback
96 D’Qwell Jackson Cleveland Browns inside linebacker
97 Donald Penn Tampa Bay Buccaneers left tackle
98 Willis McGahee Denver Broncos running back
99 Ryan Kalil Carolina Panthers center
100 Chris Johnson Tennessee Titans running back

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  1. pappyschmiel says: Jun 28, 2012 6:35 AM

    I am a big fan of Tom Brady, but I think the order of the top 4 for this year is accurate. Brady should not be ahead of those three…I almost think Calvin Johnson should be higher than Brees, but since Brees is a quarterback I can see him getting the bump. It was entertaining to watch this list unfold.

  2. schmokes says: Jun 28, 2012 6:41 AM

    Yup

  3. trefkennedy says: Jun 28, 2012 6:42 AM

    The NFC north have 3 of the best players on offense in the top 10 while as a whole the NFC has 7 out of the top ten, sweet

  4. jpb12 says: Jun 28, 2012 6:50 AM

    What a waste of time. Two fullbacks on this list? One of them is ahead of Peyton?
    Eli not in the top 30?

  5. 6thsense79 says: Jun 28, 2012 6:52 AM

    Generally it’s hard to argue with the reigning MVP being voted the NFL’s best player. The only thing is the players themselves are really not that great evaluators of players….Just go through the list…Tim Tebow as the 95th best player in the NFL? Meaning once you get to Tebow the players think there are no other player in the league better. Really?

    Also…where are the offensive Linemen? You would think players would know the importance of a great offensive line man since championships are built on great line play. THe highest ranked left tackle is Jason Peters of the Eagles at 42….Really? No Left tackle in the top 10 or even 20? The position that is arguably the second most important offensive position on most teams.

    I can’t really take this list all that seriously.

  6. vicktator says: Jun 28, 2012 6:56 AM

    Where is tebow?

  7. buffalobills2012 says: Jun 28, 2012 6:57 AM

    Fred Jackson at #80something completely makes this list a joke….him and Forte are almost the same player and Forte is 50 spots higher? dumb. I, along wth many others, are flabergasted.

  8. staffordsyear says: Jun 28, 2012 7:00 AM

    Matt staffords to low on this list.

  9. jimmysee says: Jun 28, 2012 7:02 AM

    Vikings – two in the top 13. One offense one defense — those guys should be SuperBowl contenders!

  10. bagadeez04 says: Jun 28, 2012 7:04 AM

    Take that Brett!!!

  11. blarry21 says: Jun 28, 2012 7:08 AM

    Rodgers is the best. The scary thing is that he’s yet to enter his prime.

  12. calebo94 says: Jun 28, 2012 7:20 AM

    Where’s Favre he should be NO. 1

  13. counterfeit384 says: Jun 28, 2012 7:25 AM

    Cam Newton > Aaron Rodgers

    2012 Season

    You heard it here first.

  14. jetfanoverseas says: Jun 28, 2012 7:48 AM

    So I guess according to the NFL players, if the Giants traded Eli Manning for Jahri Evans (and maybe a half a million bucks), it would be a fair trade. And of course, if he was traded for Maurice Jones Drew straight up, the Giants would have pulled off the steal of the century. I’m a diehard Jets fan, but that is LOL funny. On the other hand, it does feel good to see Nnamdi drop to 79 after having to hear all those idiot analysts last winter trying to figure out whose better, he or Darrel Revis.

  15. crik911 says: Jun 28, 2012 7:50 AM

    Its really hard to pick from the top 20 down, it all depends on preference. I think most of us agree the Top 20 could be changed a little bit but for the most part those are the best players in the league.

  16. sj39 says: Jun 28, 2012 7:50 AM

    Oh man, Mrs. Bundchen and his fans will be crying about this. I just wish Revis would have came in ahead of him too, that would really have them in a snit!

  17. brycebstone says: Jun 28, 2012 7:52 AM

    Flacco 17 spots better than Romo? Cutler is better than Flacco and I didn’t see him on the list.

  18. agcooney108 says: Jun 28, 2012 7:52 AM

    anyone understand why revis wants to hold out now?? cause i’ve understood for the past 4 years since he’s been on my team

  19. dynastydriven says: Jun 28, 2012 7:57 AM

    Rodgers and Brees were both one and done in the playoffs while Brady led his team with the worst Patchwork defense I have ever seen to his fifth Super Bowl!!

    Brady should have been #2 at worst

  20. east96st says: Jun 28, 2012 7:57 AM

    Overall, not a bad list of 100 really outstanding players – and Tebow. But, the 100 best of LAST SEASON – like the survey specified? No.

  21. discosucs2005 says: Jun 28, 2012 7:59 AM

    This list is interesting but it’s pretty irrelevant. Take Chris Johnson and John Kuhn (one of my favorite players). You could say that Kuhn is better at his position than Chris Johnson is (I even think that is a stretch) but there is no way you would take Kuhn over Johnson in a draft.

    I much rather would have had a top players voted by players but done by position. Ask all the NFL fullbacks who the top 10 fullbacks are, the linemen who the top 10…ect.

    The other tough thing about asking players is they definitely let reputation play a role (not that the fans wouldn’t be 1000x worse as evidenced by any all star game in any sport). I mean take Navarro Bowman and Jonathan Vilma: Bowman crushes Vilma in stats (using the year before last because Vilma only played 11 games last year). And if you say “well historically…” then Chris Johnson should be way higher because of that huge season he had not too long ago, not to mention Peyton. And this definitely isn’t a prediction for next year because Ed Reed and Polamalu would be way lower because they are definitely on the downward slope their careers.

    Basically, this list is pointless.

  22. duanethomas says: Jun 28, 2012 8:00 AM

    Chris Carter thinks Calvin Johnson is rated too high….he did play the game!

  23. NakedCowboy! says: Jun 28, 2012 8:02 AM

    redskins, chargers, raiders and bengals just have 1 player each… sheagles are rocking it with 7…

  24. bullcharger says: Jun 28, 2012 8:02 AM

    I think Brady getting to the Super Bowl with the 31st ranked defense should have put him at 2, but it’s arguable. I guess the players feel the best way to judge a player for 2012 is to only look at their 2011 performance. Megatron moved from 27 to 3… He’s not that different, he just had a better year statisticly and more time with the QB.

  25. honkeyt says: Jun 28, 2012 8:04 AM

    I have been watching football over the last four decades and Mechanically Aaron Rodgers may be the best I have ever seen.

    Footwork, delivery, accuracy, poise and intelligence.He is unbelievable.

  26. howboutdemboys says: Jun 28, 2012 8:08 AM

    7 players from the 49ers in the top 85…pretty impressive

  27. joemontanawasthegreatest says: Jun 28, 2012 8:08 AM

    Justin Smith has been the past few years, got a ton of support from his peers.

  28. daisymaytr says: Jun 28, 2012 8:09 AM

    Best player LAST SEASON

    Can we PLEASE make that distinction to the list. And considering he was voted MVP it’s not remotely surprising most players threw his name out at the top

  29. Stiller43 says: Jun 28, 2012 8:09 AM

    Joe flacco at 74 is still overrated

  30. Peter Venkman says: Jun 28, 2012 8:09 AM

    Hey Pittsburgh, go get me a beer.

  31. deputyglitters says: Jun 28, 2012 8:13 AM

    Joe Thomas at 82 is a laugh. How many teams would trade the respective player ranked higher than 82 on this list for Thomas without blinking an eye?

  32. textexington says: Jun 28, 2012 8:14 AM

    Superbowl XLVII Champs!!!Eat your hearts out Viqueefs!LOLZ.Go Pack Go!

  33. ninefingers9 says: Jun 28, 2012 8:14 AM

    Remember rubes…this is just the opinion of other players. God didn’t come up with this list. Calm down packer nation!

  34. redbullenergydrink says: Jun 28, 2012 8:15 AM

    Aaron Rodgers deserves to be #1 after the season he had. It’s not even a debate.

    Nice too see Revis ahead of Woodson. We may hate his attitude but his game is undeniable. Pay the man!

    Wow, Jimmy Graham ahead of Rob Gronkowski? That’s a little surprising.

    Overall good list!

  35. franktherat96 says: Jun 28, 2012 8:16 AM

    Aaron Rodgers’ peers are wrong.

    Brees was #1 in Passing Yards, Completion %, and TD passes. Brees destroyed Marino’s passing yards record…didn’t just past it, but destroyed it by almost 400 yards. Both Brees and Rodgers had a home playoff game last year. Brees won his game, Rodgers had an extra week to prepare and still loss @ home as the #1 seed.

    Rodgers is one of the best QB’s in the league, but Brees is the better QB.

    Before someone says Rodgers had more wins then Drew in the regular season try looking at it this way. In 2006 Rex Grossman had more wins then Brees in the regular season, but that certainly doesn’t make Grossman a better QB because he had more wins. You should have to look at every aspect of their game.

  36. grogansheroes says: Jun 28, 2012 8:17 AM

    Tere is no way Calvin Johnson should be ahead of any of the three QB’s. What does a receiver do? He runs out for passes, maybe reads a coverage or two. Maybe, just maybe catches 6-10 balls a game. The QB handles the ball 70-80 times a game, has d linemen and linebackers trying to kill him on every play. Must read defenses accurately, check out of bad plays, deliver the ball with accuracy under pressure. Stafford is more important than Johnson on his own team. Don’t believe me? Last year with Stafford and Johnson, they go to the playoffs. The year before with just Johnson, what did they win, 5 games? I’m not hating on Calvin, I love him, but the QB position is just way more important, and way more difficult to play than receiver.

  37. zaggs says: Jun 28, 2012 8:18 AM

    Except he got beat by the #31st player and if not for the refs he would’ve been beaten twice by Eli.

  38. sschmiggles says: Jun 28, 2012 8:20 AM

    Still don’t see how you rate Brees above Brady. I can understand the logic behind Rodgers, but no way is Brees a better passer than TFB. Especially since he plays in a dome and has a much better running game behind him.

  39. mnvikes7897 says: Jun 28, 2012 8:21 AM

    Aaron Rogers can suck it

  40. ninefingers9 says: Jun 28, 2012 8:27 AM

    textexington says:
    Jun 28, 2012 8:14 AM
    Superbowl XLVII Champs!!!Eat your hearts out Viqueefs!LOLZ.Go Pack Go!
    ————–
    “Eat your hearts out?” Hey text….1978 called they want their catch phrase back!

  41. beardedhawk says: Jun 28, 2012 8:29 AM

    niner nation must be up at arms that alex isnt listed…….shows you guys what his peers actually think of him.

  42. maddog111 says: Jun 28, 2012 8:31 AM

    As much as I’d like to, can’t argue this pick. AR deserves it.

  43. packfaninchitown says: Jun 28, 2012 8:36 AM

    Aaron Rodgers’ peers are wrong.
    ________________________________
    No Colonel Sanduhs YOU wrong, Mama’s right. Aawon Rodguhs da bess playah playin dat foosball… — The Waterboy…

  44. gcsuk says: Jun 28, 2012 8:37 AM

    textexington says: Jun 28, 2012 8:14 AM

    Superbowl XLVII Champs!!!Eat your hearts out Viqueefs!LOLZ.Go Pack Go!
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    I can’t believe anyone gave the above drivel a thumbs up.

  45. catchhester23 says: Jun 28, 2012 8:38 AM

    No cutler on the list???? Yet there is tebow? Peyton manning really, how he didn’t even take snap last year. Bears were 7-3 with cutler and 1-5 without him. Not saying he is top ten but forsure top 100 the record shows.

  46. dlc618 says: Jun 28, 2012 8:40 AM

    Eli should be no. 1

  47. tsizzlehotpiss says: Jun 28, 2012 8:42 AM

    Patrick Willis is a better defensive player than Darrelle Revis.

  48. trefkennedy says: Jun 28, 2012 8:44 AM

    Megatron should be number 2, he’s gonna be the 1st wr to get 2000 yards

  49. rexgrossman8 says: Jun 28, 2012 8:47 AM

    Where’s McNabb?

  50. jrmbadger says: Jun 28, 2012 8:48 AM

    “franktherat96 says:
    Jun 28, 2012 8:16 AM
    Aaron Rodgers’ peers are wrong.

    Brees was #1 in Passing Yards, Completion %, and TD passes. Brees destroyed Marino’s passing yards record…didn’t just past it, but destroyed it by almost 400 yards. ”
    —————————–

    Your stats argument ignores the fact that Mike McCarthy took Rodgers out of games that were blowouts, including sitting Rodgers for the entire final game of the season which was meaningless for the Packers.

    Sean Peyton and Drew Brees on the other hand didn’t – they not only left Brees in late during blowouts or when the Saints had the game in hand, but they were still passing!

  51. jtchernak says: Jun 28, 2012 8:51 AM

    I just want to know who this player rater guy is

  52. jonny42671 says: Jun 28, 2012 8:51 AM

    Is it number one EGO with no Class?? Number 1 and 2 are right on.

  53. eliforpresident says: Jun 28, 2012 8:59 AM

    Jun 28, 2012 8:16 AM
    Aaron Rodgers’ peers are wrong.

    Brees was #1 in Passing Yards, Completion %, and TD passes. Brees destroyed Marino’s passing yards record…didn’t just past it, but destroyed it by almost 400 yards. Both Brees and Rodgers had a home playoff game last year. Brees won his game, Rodgers had an extra week to prepare and still loss @ home as the #1 seed.

    Rodgers is one of the best QB’s in the league, but Brees is the better QB.

    Before someone says Rodgers had more wins then Drew in the regular season try looking at it this way. In 2006 Rex Grossman had more wins then Brees in the regular season, but that certainly doesn’t make Grossman a better QB because he had more wins. You should have to look at every aspect of their game.
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    The fact that Rodgers didnt play the last two games makes him better than Brees. Rodgers needed to get a measly 400 yards to pass Marino and that would have been easy for him to get in even one game. Either way the list is stupid because the superbowl winning quarterback who beat Rodgers at home and Brady in a superbowl is ranked 31st when he should be number 1.

  54. sudz28 says: Jun 28, 2012 9:01 AM

    Drew Brees wants an explanation.

  55. ecruz0884 says: Jun 28, 2012 9:09 AM

    Right so qbs should always be ranked 1,2 & 3? Please its a team sport. What would a wb do with out an o line receivers and rb, nothing! Johnson is fine at 3.

  56. brades123 says: Jun 28, 2012 9:13 AM

    franktherat96,

    You do realize that Brees had over 150 more attempts than Rodgers, right? And he was ONE touchdown behind the lead, much better TD:INT ratio (45:6), and almost a whole yard more per attempt (which, if you gave him 150 more attempts, would have been over 6,000 yards?!).

    Brees is great and he is a record-holder, but Rodgers is the most efficient passer in the game right now.

  57. scoops1 says: Jun 28, 2012 9:13 AM

    Brees was #1 in several categories cause his coach kept him in the game to pad his stats during garbage time. Had Rodgers played all 16 games and stayed in every game till the end, he would have decimated all passing stats.

  58. ottomanismydog says: Jun 28, 2012 9:16 AM

    It is interesting to see the players perspective about how their seasons went. Got love when players like John Kuhn make the list.

    Nothing worse than Warren Sapp, Michael Irvin, and Deion Sanders debating after. UGH…

  59. bigbluecrew420 says: Jun 28, 2012 9:25 AM

    Once I found out that this list was done BEFORE the playoffs and Superbowl basically made it a waste IMO.
    Sure it’s fun to have a list of the top 100 and I watched all the episodes but I think the list would be quite different had this poll been taken in Feb.

  60. jgedgar70 says: Jun 28, 2012 9:37 AM

    If this is truly supposed to be a list of the top 100 players RIGHT NOW, I still think Cam Newton and Eli Manning are ranked too low. The only QBs better than them are Rodgers, Brees, and Brady. How do you rank Ben ahead of Eli? Certainly not on playoff performance.

    Yes, Steeler shills, I also said Cam is better than Ben. The 2011 stats back me up. If Cam was playing with a defense as good as Pittsburgh’s, Carolina would have won 14 games and the Super Bowl (the only teams that blew us out were Tennessee and New Orleans in week 17; we were leading at some point in every other loss, but the defense was beyond putrid).

    No worries. Everyone esle will figure it out after we take the NFC South this year.

  61. Reggie's Bush says: Jun 28, 2012 9:38 AM

    As a saints fan – graham over Gronk? Really?

  62. rpiotr01 says: Jun 28, 2012 9:40 AM

    @ franktherat96

    Brees’ edge in stats is directly related to two things:

    1.) He played 16 games whereas Rodgers sat the final game. Also, in those later games Brees slung the ball around, determined to break Marino’s record (which is fine) and in the process padded his stats.

    2.) He played late season games in a dome, whereas Rodgers played late season games in GB, NY and KC. There’s a difference.

    Nothing against Brees, but in 2011 Rodgers was the league’s best player.

  63. medtxpack says: Jun 28, 2012 9:44 AM

    @franktherat96

    well lets looks at all aspects of the game since you want to leave certain ones out…like yards per attempt, passer rating, and most importantly mistakes like INTs….
    Luckily the passer rating does that for us, which he recorded a RECORD 122 for the year, unheard of! Manning held the record before. Yes Brees is extremely good but hes not as safe with the football as Rodgers or is he as lethal with it.

  64. muskyhunter2542 says: Jun 28, 2012 9:44 AM

    franktherat96 says:
    Jun 28, 2012 8:16 AM
    Aaron Rodgers’ peers are wrong.

    Brees was #1 in Passing Yards, Completion %, and TD passes. Brees destroyed Marino’s passing yards record…didn’t just past it, but destroyed it by almost 400 yards. Both Brees and Rodgers had a home playoff game last year. Brees won his game, Rodgers had an extra week to prepare and still loss @ home as the #1 seed.

    Rodgers is one of the best QB’s in the league, but Brees is the better QB.

    Before someone says Rodgers had more wins then Drew in the regular season try looking at it this way. In 2006 Rex Grossman had more wins then Brees in the regular season, but that certainly doesn’t make Grossman a better QB because he had more wins. You should have to look at every aspect of their game.

    _________________________________
    You my friend are incorrect!!!
    Single season QB Rating record (122.5) ALL TIME!!!

  65. rc33 says: Jun 28, 2012 9:49 AM

    Brady at # four is ludicrous. Not a chance on Earth he shouldn’t be top two or, at worst, top three.
    In the end, of course, it means nothing.

  66. sixjak says: Jun 28, 2012 9:59 AM

    Does anybody else think Patrick Willis should b a little higher?

  67. redbullenergydrink says: Jun 28, 2012 10:04 AM

    Everyone complaining (including myself) needs to understand this list goes beyond just stats.

  68. exhelodrvr says: Jun 28, 2012 10:11 AM

    Obviously a popularity/lifetime achievement contest. I’m a 49ers fan, but no way Frank Gore is the 28th best player in the league.

  69. eaglesnoles05 says: Jun 28, 2012 10:12 AM

    Ok NFL network… now that that irrelevant, highly arguable, and totally non-probabtive list is done taking up 10 weeks of programming, what the next filler b4 training camp starts??

  70. lavamachine says: Jun 28, 2012 10:13 AM

    Wow, 20 years and only 3 quarterbacks have started for the Green Bay Packers. Aaron Rodgers is poised to be the best Packer player ever and is deserving of this peer award #1.

    Leadership by example, skilled, greatful & humble, shares credit at all times. How refreshing!

    I was at his first start at Lambeau in 2008 inter-squad scrimmage, all our fans, as he was booed can you believe that? Honestly, I did not like the pick in 2004, aka fan vs. G.M. I was wrong.
    Lucky, but nice when an organization is run like a business with rational decisions opposed to owner’s and their emotional/irrational decisions. Insert Jerry Jones/Daniel Snyder, etc.

    Thank you Green Bay Packer organization!

  71. whatthehellisgoingonoutthere says: Jun 28, 2012 10:20 AM

    daisymaytr says: Jun 28, 2012 8:09 AM

    Best player LAST SEASON

    Can we PLEASE make that distinction to the list. And considering he was voted MVP it’s not remotely surprising most players threw his name out at the top
    ——————–
    Yeah, it is shocking to see the QB with the highest career passer rating in league history and the highest passer rating in the post season at #1.

  72. silverhornet says: Jun 28, 2012 10:36 AM

    Cameron Wake not on the list at all? Really?? Did the rest of the NFL keep him off because he went to the CFL first? Hmmm… It… Does… Not… Make… Sense…

  73. mikeinsanfran says: Jun 28, 2012 10:51 AM

    Aldon Smith should be on this list

  74. 7ransponder says: Jun 28, 2012 11:01 AM

    blarry21 says:
    Jun 28, 2012 7:08 AM
    Rodgers is the best. The scary thing is that he’s yet to enter his prime.
    ———————-

    He’ll get knocked out before he hits his prime. Too many smash mouth pass rushing defenses in the NFC Central.

  75. tjigger says: Jun 28, 2012 11:30 AM

    If you watched Saints games you would know that Brees was taken out of games in the 4th qtr when they had a nice lead.

    The only exception was the nationally televised game against ATL that everybody saw when he broke the record.

  76. sliceanddic3 says: Jun 28, 2012 11:53 AM

    Revis at #5 haha… And people say Flaccos overrated?…

  77. geauxsaintsforever says: Jun 28, 2012 12:13 PM

    dynastydriven says:
    Jun 28, 2012 7:57 AM
    Rodgers and Brees were both one and done in the playoffs while Brady led his team with the worst Patchwork defense I have ever seen to his fifth Super Bowl!!

    Brady should have been #2 at worst

    ______________

    Just thought I’d let you know that one and done means losing the first playoff game you play. Saints beat the Lions 45-28 in the wildcard round….

  78. jhtobias says: Jun 28, 2012 12:14 PM

    for those of you who think brees should be ahead of rodgers is somewhat amusing. I would like to see how sick rodgers numbers whould be if he got to play 10 out of his 16 games in a climate controlled dome. How would Brees fair playing the majority of his games outside the domes ?

    So for the person who says they should look at the whole picture, make sure your picture is also complete.

  79. gisellichek says: Jun 28, 2012 12:31 PM

    I watched a few of these episodes on the NFL network and it was brutal to watch… and even harder to figure out why someone is ranked higher than someone else…

    My question is … When they asked each player who was the best player in both leagues in 2012 … Did they have a list to choose from or were they asked to pick one guy? … or did they just start rattling off their favorite players… ?

    Lists in general are stupid unless it is clear what the criteria is… for example … How to you compare a quarterback to a nose tackle or a safety to a running back???

    Anyone…??

  80. Wisconsin77 says: Jun 28, 2012 12:36 PM

    For all of you who think that Brees should get it over Rodgers, just remember how many garbage time yards Brees got last season. Remember him passing every down in the 4th qtr with the game already won just so he could break the record at home? I couldn’t believe they were so blatant about it.

  81. siaaa says: Jun 28, 2012 12:52 PM

    Rodgers and Brees were both one and done in the playoffs while Brady led his team with the worst Patchwork defense I have ever seen to his fifth Super Bowl!!

    Brady should have been #2 at worst
    ———————————————————-
    Im a huge Brady fan and have tremendous respect for what he has done in this league. But,
    you can’t ignore the fact that he had the easiest road to the SB in NFL history. he went 13-3 during the season without ever beating a team that finished over .500. the only 2 teams that ended up with a winning record were the Steelers and the giants, and guess what he lost both those games.
    then he plays and beats the broncos in the divisional round who were also 8-8 and the Ravens in the AFC championship game which ends up as his only win over a winning team in the entire season. I bet you that has probably never happened before in the history of this game. beat one good team and go to the SB. they were jus never really tested the entire season.

    as far as Eli at #31, i would take him over evryone ahead of him except for Rodgers because he is a proven winner and has the heart of a champion.

  82. muir6 says: Jun 28, 2012 12:53 PM

    A joke that Eli is not in top 5

  83. despenc925 says: Jun 28, 2012 12:55 PM

    as a 49ers fan, I think Eli shoulda been hella higher on the list. BUT… I bet he’s not tripping, at the end he got the ring!

  84. dolfan66r says: Jun 28, 2012 2:36 PM

    University of Miami Hurricanes make up 10% of the list. 10 out of 100. 6 in the top 25

  85. dragonfly99 says: Jun 28, 2012 2:40 PM

    Aaron Rodgers voted NFL’s best player by his fellow NFL players! Whatever happened to all those people who were so critcal of Ted Thompson when he let a 36 year old Brett Favre leave in favor of a young Aaron Rodgers?

  86. frankdatank23 says: Jun 28, 2012 3:28 PM

    Chris long, jason babin but no cameron wake ? Jason Peters is the top left Tackle ? laughable at best. No Jake Long ? Wow, hilarious stuff. Tebow beat out a bunch of pro-bowl players it seems. Two fullbacks ? The list is worthless.

  87. ademell1 says: Jun 28, 2012 4:32 PM

    If we’re ‘projecting’ the best players for this year, you gotta have Richard Seymour on there. He battled through injuries and had a UFL coach for a defensive coordinator last year and was still dominant at times.

    Not on the list AT ALL? Dude is gonna have a monster 2012 all slim and fit playing in a modern defense. Just watch.

  88. contra74 says: Jun 28, 2012 6:41 PM

    dragonfly99 says:Jun 28, 2012 2:40 PM

    Aaron Rodgers voted NFL’s best player by his fellow NFL players! Whatever happened to all those people who were so critcal of Ted Thompson when he let a 36 year old Brett Favre leave in favor of a young Aaron Rodgers?

    They typify the Packer fanbase by having selective short-term AND long-term memories. But hey whatever right? They can do what they want so long as they own a share in a professional NFL team (sarcasm).

  89. fpurcell says: Jun 29, 2012 2:38 AM

    Gotta love Revis at #5 … holdout here we come.

  90. themage78 says: Jun 29, 2012 9:04 AM

    I love the comments saying Rodgers is better then Brees. The Packers D is a lot better then the Siants D. And so what if Brees kept chucking it up to break Marino’s record? He also did it with IMHO, is a worse receiver corps then Aaron Rodgers has. Name the #1 Wr on the Siants. The Packers have Driver, Nelson, and about 3 other guys who are good #2s.
    Also the Siants barely lost to the 49ers. The Packers got destroyed by the Super Bowl Champs.

  91. aaronrodgersbelt says: Jun 29, 2012 10:11 AM

    I love me some Aaron Rodgers (obviously) but these lists are a joke.

  92. Frazier28/7 says: Jun 29, 2012 9:34 PM

    Why all the hate for Favre? He wanted to get back at Ted Thompson, NOT the fanbase. Jeez.

    Lets see Aaron Rodgers put up Favre numbers playing against defenses with the rules of the 90′s. Pretty doubtful.

    Not to mention with kick off’s being errelavant now there must have been a record for possessions starting at the 20, thus leading to probably all the top 5 quarterbacks in passing yards adding on an additional 500-750 yards.

    Favre never had that advantage either.

  93. chi01town says: Jun 30, 2012 12:02 AM

    Who made this list? Cause the NFL players did not, Rodgers # 1 thats just discusting I can name 5 players who all by the numbers had a better claim to the # 1 spot
    1.Tom Brady
    2. Drew Brees
    3. ELI Manning
    4.Mario Williams
    5.

  94. chi01town says: Jun 30, 2012 2:25 AM

    NO WAY.. I dont know who made this list but it was not the NFL players, Rodgers at number 1 please TOM BRADY has played in more Super Bowls than Rodgers has played as a starting QB. The numbers last season says Drew Brees was the best QB in the game. Mario Williams was the most dominate game changer last season. ELI MANNING has 2 Super Bowls an beat Rodgers on the way to both of them. This list comes from a idiot

  95. goatlava says: Jul 2, 2012 3:55 PM

    the list is from last year not the entire playing career of Brady. Also, Brady has one of the O-Lines in the league. I’d like to see him perform on the run constantly using his legs. Brady is a great QB in terms of his legacy but not last year. Plus hes becoming the runner up QB with losses in the super bowl. Alot of people seem to forget that.

  96. judsonjr says: Jul 5, 2012 1:27 PM

    Best part of Drew Brees’ season was when they were down 17 with less than 30 seconds left to the Rams and were using timeouts to make sure Brees got a TD pass in the game.

    I love the Packers, but Clay Matthews being #27 on the list for last season is a joke.

  97. taintedsaints2009 says: Jul 5, 2012 3:17 PM

    what the hell is John Kuhn doing on this list (#92)? he’s good, but top 100 in the league? good god.

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