Tom Brady Named Top NFL Player by His Peers Once Again

NFL Network's annual poll ranked Steelers WR Antonio Brown 2nd, Eagles QB Carson Wentz 3rd.

Tom Brady
Tom Brady participates in warmups. Brady was a limited participant at practice because of a right hand injury. (John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
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Since 2011, the first year the NFL Network conducted its annual player poll to select the league’s top performer according to his peers, here’s how Tom Brady has finished: 1st, 4th, 4th, 3rd, 3rd, 2nd, 1st, 1st.

Going by those figures, Brady, like fine wine, has gotten better with age.

Voted on by the players, the NFL Network’s “Top 100 Players” is based on the previous year’s performance, in this case, the 2017-18 season when Brady was 40 years old. Despite his age, Brady threw for 4,577 yards and 32 touchdowns compared to only eight interceptions. Those numbers were good enough to earn Brady league MVP honors for the third time in his career.

Following Brady on the “Top 100 Players” are Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown at No. 2 and Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz in the third spot. Had Wentz not gotten injured in the middle of last season, it’s possible he would have taken the top spot.

Rounding out the top five are Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones at No. 4 and Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell at No. 5. Rob Gronkowski, No. 15, is the only other Patriots player on the list.

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