Will Tom Brady hold off Aaron Rodgers atop NFL Network’s Top 100?

AP

Six players who made NFL Network’s Top 100 players of 2017 remain on the list for 2018. The network will announce the order of the final 10 on Monday night at 8 ET, but Tom Brady stands a good chance to stay atop the list.

Only Aaron Rodgers should stand a chance to unseat him.

The final 10 players, in alphabetical order, are:

Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers

Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots

Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints

Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

Aaron Donald, DT, Los Angeles Rams

Todd Gurley, RB, Los Angeles Rams

Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons

Von Miller, LB, Denver Broncos

Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers

Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia Eagles

Donald, Gurley, Wentz and Brees replaced Khalil Mack, Ezekiel Elliott, Odell Beckham and Matt Ryan on the list from last year. Beckham played only four games because of his injury, and Elliott missed six because of a suspension.

The final order last year was: 1. Brady; 2. Miller; 3. Jones; 4. Brown; 5. Mack; 6. Rodgers; 7. Elliott; 8. Beckham; 9. Bell; and 10. Ryan.

In this year’s list, Mack was 16th, Ryan 29th, Elliott 54th and Beckham 77th.

84 responses to “Will Tom Brady hold off Aaron Rodgers atop NFL Network’s Top 100?

  1. As much as it pains me to say it, Brady will land at #1 again. And he deserves it. Lost his #1 receiver before the season started and took his team to the SB again. Threw for over 500 yards in the SB.

  2. It’s the Top 100, it’s kind of a joke anyway. Whomever’s at the top or isn’t doesn’t really matter that much, it’s just PR.

  3. Or maybe the guy who was playing better than everyone else until he got injured in LA takes the top spot ?

  4. Why is the media so hell bend on throwing ARod into the discussion?! AR is a great QB who makes great throws but he is just not the winner that TB is, not even close! Not to mention that AR’s rolling out of the pocket style is catching up to him as he approaches his mid 30’s and linemen are younger and faster. Sure AR is exciting, but give me the methodical, durable, winner that Brady is any day! AR would have been the GOAT of Arena football, but in the NFL he’s just a shiny toy that makes some crazy circus throws. He’s more like Michael Vick than he’ll even be like Brady.

  5. saxmachine69 says:
    June 22, 2018 at 3:56 pm
    Why would a player that missed 2/3rds of the season beat out the NFL MVP who made it to the Super Bowl? This is nonsense

    The list is to predict how a player will play in 2018, not how they played in 2017. I’ll let everyone else make their mind up if Rodgers has a chance to be better than Brady in 2018 – but the point of this list has always been about who will be the best.

    Otherwise, players that missed an entire season should not be on it.

  6. Aaron Rodgers is simultaneously one of the greatest QBs to ever play AND overrated at the same timer. People act like he’s flawless, and he’s not. There are times when he’s completely disinterested, giving up on plays in disgust, not stepping into throws even when he can.

    Tom Brady is simultaneously the GOAT AND underrated somehow. It blows my mind.

    That there’s even a debate about who should be #1 is nothing but a product of envy and/or rivalry. It’s Tom Brady.

    – Raiders fan

  7. S Braids says:
    June 22, 2018 at 4:21 pm

    AR would have been the GOAT of Arena football, but in the NFL he’s just a shiny toy that makes some crazy circus throws. He’s more like Michael Vick than he’ll even be like Brady.

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    Whoa, whoa now. I have my share of criticisms of ARod and how overrated he is, and how fiercely his fans defend him just because he’s got such a pretty throw, but let’s not go overboard. Michael Vick was a circus act who, apart from an anomalous season here or there, was not qualified to be a starting NFL QB (at least not a winning one). ARod is a flawed but all time greater player. Sometimes his team lets him down, sometimes he’s the one that lets them down (like not capitalizing on Russell Wilson’s million turnovers). However you may feel about what he “could” do (sorry fans, can only judge a player but what he “has” done), the man is a beast. A ring, a ton of stats, and a crazy arm. That may not measure up to Tom, but it’s closer to him than it is to Vick.

  8. Tom Brady is simultaneously the GOAT AND underrated somehow. It blows my mind.

    That there’s even a debate about who should be #1 is nothing but a product of envy and/or rivalry. It’s Tom Brady.
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    Is this a joke? Tom Brady is the most overrated player ever. He is not the best player in the NFL. He isn’t even the 10th best. He has benefited greatly from playing in NE.

  9. And yet Rodgers is demanding to tear up his current contract just so he must be the highest paid player in the league AND demanding an opt out so he can redo his contract EACH year to remain the highest paid player every year after.
    What a team guy huh?

  10. Itching to see how ARod plays w/o his favorite target as Brady seems to do every other year.

  11. descendency says:
    June 22, 2018 at 4:28 pm

    The list is to predict how a player will play in 2018, not how they played in 2017. I’ll let everyone else make their mind up if Rodgers has a chance to be better than Brady in 2018 – but the point of this list has always been about who will be the best.

    Otherwise, players that missed an entire season should not be on it.
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    I don’t think the players who vote on it are given instructions that they should be ranking players based on 2017 or based on how they think they will play in 2018. They aren’t asked who WAS the best player in 2017 or who WILL BE the best player in 2018; they’re just asked who ARE the best players in the NFL, and that ranking is going to be based on a player’s entire career with extra emphasis on his most recent year.

  12. jbsptfn says:
    June 22, 2018 at 4:46 pm
    Tom Brady is simultaneously the GOAT AND underrated somehow. It blows my mind.

    That there’s even a debate about who should be #1 is nothing but a product of envy and/or rivalry. It’s Tom Brady.
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    Is this a joke? Tom Brady is the most overrated player ever. He is not the best player in the NFL. He isn’t even the 10th best. He has benefited greatly from playing in NE.

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    Yeah, if you dont get all hung up on all the times hes led the league in various categories, that insane winning record, the mvp awards, and of course all those championships….hes just another qb right?

  13. jbsptfn says:
    June 22, 2018 at 4:46 pm

    Is this a joke? Tom Brady is the most overrated player ever. He is not the best player in the NFL. He isn’t even the 10th best. He has benefited greatly from playing in NE.

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    Is this a joke? I get you don’t like the guy and can understand if certain things about him rub you the wrong way, but come on, man. There’s nothing overrated about what this dude has done. This idea that he’s “along for the ride” on a great team to insane levels of success is delusional. If you’re a stats guy, Tom is top 3-4 in practically every major category (and that’s regular season, he’s ahead by miles in the postseason). If you’re a “wins” guy, the dude has steered the ship toward five rings and some iconic Super Bowl rallies.

    There’s no “system” that guarantees this (cutest dig by people who know nothing about football). It’s a tough freaking sport and you either play well or you lose.

  14. I’m sorry, but how does Rodgers automatically leap from Drew Brees in the conversation? Why isn’t Brees ever mentioned in these talks?

  15. NinersFan1973 says:
    June 22, 2018 at 4:05 pm
    Aaron Donald should be No. 1

    He really should and im a big old whodat. I think Cameron Jordan is clearly the second best d lineman in the league tho. von miller? nahhhh bruh

  16. derp363 says:
    June 22, 2018 at 5:21 pm

    I’m sorry, but how does Rodgers automatically leap from Drew Brees in the conversation? Why isn’t Brees ever mentioned in these talks?

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    Rodgers is so physically gifted (I mean, seriously, what an arm) that the eyeball test almost guarantees he’ll have more fans/support. But you’re right, Brees is seriously underrated. He’s got all time great stats, led his team to a championship, and as much as people complain about the Packers not giving Rodgers enough support, Brees has put up with a far worse team in the Saints. It’s amazing what Brees has done with his career.

  17. Aaron might have a last gasp effort in him, but it’s mostly all downhill for Rodgers at this point. Broken. Old. Disgruntled. On a weak, rebuilding team.

  18. “I think for the final tiebreaker we need to hear how well each can sing.”

    Then Brady’s screwed. He posted audio of himself singing along at the U2 concert in Boston a night or two ago and his signing is beyond awful.

  19. I hope the voters take into consideration that the pats just signed Isaiah Wynn. He will be protecting Brady anD is the biggest bust of the draft. Have you ever seen him play against a team with a winning record?

  20. Looks like they got the top 10 right.

    The rest of the list has been pretty comical though. Many grossly overrated, many grossly under.

  21. Rodgers doesn’t even deserve to be in the same discussion as Brady. Brady has to turned less talented players into World Champions. If Brady had the likes of Jordy Nelson, Greg Jennings, and Donald Driver in their primes, he would have at least two more SB wins than he currently has, Rodgers had them at his disposal, and he barely squeaked out one SB win.

    Rodgers gets way more credit than he deserves because he is on the NFL Charity team. Everybody hates Brady because he has done more as a 6th rd draft pick than any starting QB in football history. Long story short, Rodgers couldn’t sniff Brady’s jock, and the numbers PROVE it. Sorry to all the butt hurt cheese fans, but facts are facts.

  22. No love for m’boy MARCUS MARIOTA who bested Alex Smith/Andy Reid/KCMO Chiefs. Dude should be on this list having beaten one of the top AFC teams (Chiefs).

    VY10 (Vince Young)/TTs lost his first and only post-season Wild Card Game versus P. Rivers/Norv Turner/SD Chargers, but m’boy Marcus/TTs won theirs.

    SHOW THE KID SOME LOVE!

  23. derp363 says:
    June 22, 2018 at 5:21 pm
    I’m sorry, but how does Rodgers automatically leap from Drew Brees in the conversation? Why isn’t Brees ever mentioned in these talks?

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    Because Brees throws interceptions at a rate that makes Favre blush. And tons of them are when the saints are in the red zone.

  24. Look, I’m so tired of all you guys always arguing over who’s #1. Let’s just agree that it’s Wentz #1 and after that, does it really matter?

  25. If Brady had the likes of Jordy Nelson, Greg Jennings, and Donald Driver in their primes, he would have at least two more SB wins than he currently has
    ======

    2008-2010 wasn’t Donald Drivers prime. Not close.

    .. and Moss, Welker, Edelman and Gronk are hardly chopped liver. Since 2007, Brady has always had a good corps.

  26. Long story short, Rodgers couldn’t sniff Brady’s jock, and the numbers PROVE it.
    =====

    Rodgers is the highest rated QB of all-time by a considerable margin, and has been since he qualified.

    Post season;

    Rodgers – 99.4
    Brady – 90.9

    .. I’d leave the numbers out if I were you.

  27. I’m sorry, but how does Rodgers automatically leap from Drew Brees in the conversation? Why isn’t Brees ever mentioned in these talks?
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    It wouldn’t surprise me a bit if Brees finished stronger than Rodgers at this point of their careers.

    I’m not convinced Rodgers will ever be 100% again, and the Packers are in absolute denial about their rebuild.

  28. I would not object to seeing Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers as the two starting QBs in the Super Bowl come February 2019.
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    I would object to Belichick vs McCarthy.

    That would be like watching Ali vs a one-armed man with his legs tied together.

  29. BillAndTomsAsteriskAdventure says:
    June 22, 2018 at 4:54 pm
    Itching to see how ARod plays w/o his favorite target as Brady seems to do every other year.

    ————

    Brady has had plenty of great, and even some hall of fame, receivers.

    I dont see any of Rodgers recievers getting in.

    Gronk and Moss alone make yur comment laughable.

  30. Thank God Aarons444 has pointed out to us that a QB having a high post season QB rating for a limited number of playoff, championship and Super Bowl games is far more important than a QB leading his team to an absurd number of playoff, Super Bowl and Championship games. [/sarcasm]

  31. aarons444 says:
    June 22, 2018 at 6:21 pm
    Long story short, Rodgers couldn’t sniff Brady’s jock, and the numbers PROVE it.
    =====

    Rodgers is the highest rated QB of all-time by a considerable margin, and has been since he qualified.

    Post season;

    Rodgers – 99.4
    Brady – 90.9

    .. I’d leave the numbers out if I were you.

    Kinda of a bad comparison

    Brady Post season games played – 37

    Rogers – 17 post season

  32. Brady makes bad situation worse by admitting to destroying phone
    Posted by Mike Florio on July 28, 2015, 4:01 PM EDT

  33. Based on last season and going into 2018… I’d say Wentz deserves to be #1.

    If you add experience and being elite for a long time into the equation then Brady and ARod and maybe even Brees will beat out Wentz.

    I think we all know Wentz will soon (if not already) be the best qb in the league since Brady, arod, breeze, rivers, big ben are all getting up there in age.

  34. Wait. Rodgers? Is this nuts?
    He missed most of the season.
    Drew Brees, with potential all time passing records on deck, has the only shot.

    I guess that’s what packer fans are used to. Just hand out awards just like 5 of their “world titles”

  35. saxmachine69 says:
    June 22, 2018 at 3:56 pm
    Why would a player that missed 2/3rds of the season beat out the NFL MVP who made it to the Super Bowl? This is nonsense

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    The rankings are generated by players. You know, the collective genius of guys who get their heads smashed so much, they had to name a new condition for head smash syndrome.

    Just chill baby.

  36. Here’s the reason this is a joke. Dude missed almost the whole season and he should not even be in the top 100! These guys sit around with ballot forms and ask each other how they should vote.

  37. For those keeping score at home, this means the Patriots only have TWO players in the “Top 100”– Brady and Gronkowski. For a point of reference, the Jaguars have FIVE.

    IMO, this shows a couple of things. 1- this list is a joke. 2- The Patriots sustained success is because Belichick focuses on building a full 53 man roster with capable players, not acquiring big names.

    PS- Good to see JJ Watt on Top 100 the list though. His play on the field last year speaks for itself. Oh, wait…

  38. Anyone that watched Rodgers return after gaining full medical clearance against the Panthers last year, would question why Rodgers is anywhere in the top 100.

    Every time he attempted to throw a deep route, he was intercepted. Not just once, not twice but three interceptions.

    Until he can prove he can throw a deep ball without it being intercepted, he’s damaged goods.

  39. Cam got 1 after a great season, its not based on whole career, players love the guys who burst on the scene and become the big talking point. Thats why Wentz will b ahead of Brees n Rodgers. Hell probably be 2nd to Brady.

  40. Isn’t The top 100 for the play of the past year? Don’t think ARod belongs if that is the case, regardless the best player by far last year was Todd Gurley

  41. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    June 22, 2018 at 5:10 pm
    descendency says:
    June 22, 2018 at 4:28 pm

    The list is to predict how a player will play in 2018, not how they played in 2017. I’ll let everyone else make their mind up if Rodgers has a chance to be better than Brady in 2018 – but the point of this list has always been about who will be the best.

    Otherwise, players that missed an entire season should not be on it.
    ________

    I don’t think the players who vote on it are given instructions that they should be ranking players based on 2017 or based on how they think they will play in 2018. They aren’t asked who WAS the best player in 2017 or who WILL BE the best player in 2018; they’re just asked who ARE the best players in the NFL, and that ranking is going to be based on a player’s entire career with extra emphasis on his most recent year.

    ————

    WRONG! The list is based on the performance of the players from the recently completed season. That’s the whole point of this show each year.

  42. I agree, idiedpretty. Record of NE since Week 3 of 2001 without Brady as starter: 14-6. What happens when A-Rod got hurt last year? GB went down the tubes.

  43. whodatalien says:
    June 22, 2018 at 5:23 pm
    NinersFan1973 says:
    June 22, 2018 at 4:05 pm
    Aaron Donald should be No. 1

    He really should and im a big old whodat. I think Cameron Jordan is clearly the second best d lineman in the league tho. von miller? nahhhh bruh
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    Cam Jordan the 2nd best pass rushing DE/OLB in the NFL? That is hilarious. There are multiple better pass rushing DE/OLB’s than Jordan, I’d take Chandler Jones, Von Miller, Khalil Mack, Myles Garrett, Aaron Donald is a DT but still, Joey Bosa and more over Jordan. Jordan is good but he isnt even a top 5 pass rusher, let alone the best.

  44. jbsptfn says:
    June 22, 2018 at 4:46 pm

    Is this a joke? Tom Brady is the most overrated player ever. He is not the best player in the NFL. He isn’t even the 10th best. He has benefited greatly from playing in NE.

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    Well, most of us would say NE benefited greatly by having Tom Brady

  45. jbsptfn says:
    June 23, 2018 at 12:15 am

    I agree, idiedpretty. Record of NE since Week 3 of 2001 without Brady as starter: 14-6. What happens when A-Rod got hurt last year? GB went down the tubes.
    —————————————————

    Yeah, ignore the fact that the Pats were 5-13 with Brady on the team, but before taking over as starter. Kind of changes those numbers. Also ignore the fact that the Backup QB’s were Matt Cassel and Jimmy G- both bonafide starters

  46. . and Moss, Welker, Edelman and Gronk are hardly chopped liver. Since 2007, Brady has always had a good corps.
    ——-
    Edelman is a college QB turned into a WR.
    Welker was a gidget slot man for the dolphins
    Moss was at the end of his career, coming off a Raiders stint that EVERYONE said he was done, a laughable signing by most pundits.
    Gronk was a risk with his injury history at Arizona, but I’ll give you he was at least a first rd talent.

    Moss is the best WR that ever played IMO but when he went to the Pats he was near the end, but boy did he have a good two seasons.

    Brady made Welker and Edelman.

    Rodgers is incredible, but he just isn’t the winner Brady is.

  47. mzew233 says:
    June 22, 2018 at 11:36 pm
    whywerule:

    Boy you would NOT object to 2 teams in a SB. Wow good for you.
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    mzew233:

    Your statement is not true. I have strongly objected to two teams in the Super Bowl for over 80% of the Super Bowl games. Those would be the Super Bowl games that did not include the New England Patriots. Seriously, if the Pats are not in the Super Bowl, what is the point of watching the game?

  48. Aaron Rodgers plays in the same city for the same team that has Don Majkowski in its Hall of Fame.

    Green Bay, home of the over rated quarterback.

    Rodgers isnt even top ten, let alone number 1. Best player in the NFL is Todd Gurley and no, Im not a Rams fan.

  49. Whenever the game is getting out of hand, I always see Brady yelling and getting his guys ready to fight. Rodgers just sulks on the sidelines like a chump. Brady and Brees are better leaders, not to mention better quarterbacks.

  50. vikings1234 says:
    June 22, 2018 at 3:57 pm
    As much as it pains me to say it, Brady will land at #1 again. And he deserves it. Lost his #1 receiver before the season started and took his team to the SB again. Threw for over 500 yards in the SB.

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    These rankings are for the upcoming season. Do you really believe a 41 year old QB is the top player in the NFL? I am a Pats fan but even I find that hard to believe.

  51. Reading some comments it obvious how little some seem to understand the list is a prediction, not based on last years performance only!!! Just because s guy missed time last year is irrelevant if healthy (like Rodgers)

  52. gtodriver says:
    June 22, 2018 at 8:24 pm
    Anyone that watched Rodgers return after gaining full medical clearance against the Panthers last year, would question why Rodgers is anywhere in the top 100.

    Every time he attempted to throw a deep route, he was intercepted. Not just once, not twice but three interceptions.

    Until he can prove he can throw a deep ball without it being intercepted, he’s damaged goods.

    ////

    He came back early trying to get his team in the playoffs. The lack of arm strength was obvious.

    He will be fine and you will need to continue trying to find reasons to perch up your team.

    Now move on.

  53. Until A a ron gets as many rings as Brady, he will always be number 2. Which really isn’t bad really that Brady has set the bar that high for excellence.

  54. Rodgers is incredible, but he just isn’t the winner Brady is.
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    The Patriots have been better than the Packers the last 20 years.

    I don’t disagree.

  55. Rodgers is incredible, but he just isn’t the winner Brady is.
    ____________________________________________________________________________
    Brady cheats and has been suspended by the league for it. What a role model. I loved his drunken video trying to sing with U2. Need attention much?

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