New England Patriots: Brady named league’s best by fellow players in NFL Network’s Top 100
By Matty Simo
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was voted the No. 1 player in the NFL by his colleagues on the NFL Network’s annual Top 100 list.
The accolades keep coming in for the New England Patriots, including future Hall of Famer Tom Brady. On Monday, the New England quarterback was named the league’s best by other players on the NFL Network’s 2017 Top 100 list. Brady became the first player to ever be voted No. 1 twice.
There were 902 players who voted overall, and Brady was also named the NFL’s top player in 2011. But that year, the Patriots were not coming off a Super Bowl victory and going for back-to-back championships. Instead, Brady had just earned his second regular-season MVP award.
On a side note, the NFL MVP award has been a bit of a curse. No player who has won it has gone on to win the Super Bowl the same season since Kurt Warner of the St. Louis Rams in 1999. Brady is a two-time winner and last year finished behind Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, who won his first MVP award and then lost the Super Bowl.
Two defensive players chimed in on Brady’s legacy during the awards show, according to ESPN Boston’s Mike Reiss. Former teammate Darrelle Revis called Brady the “best ever — best in the game.” Meanwhile, New York Jets linebacker Demario Davis had this to say: “As long as Tom Brady is here, he’s got that No. 1 spot.”
After leading New England to a miraculous comeback win over Atlanta in Super Bowl 51, the pressure is on the team for a repeat. Brady is the unquestioned leader of the team and will be trying to help the Pats earn their sixth Vince Lombardi Trophy. That would tie the Pittsburgh Steelers for the most titles in NFL history. It would also give Brady the most Super Bowl rings ever for a player.