The NFL is jam-packed with some of the finest players the sport has ever seen, and as each season passes the level of competition increases.
We are currently witnessing some of the all-time greats play the sport, and the NFL has officially announced the top 100 NFL players of 2013.
We are watching some of the greatest quarterbacks play the game now, as the likes of Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Peyton Manning aim to be the best of their generation, hoping that one day their names are etched next to the all-time greats in Joe Montana, Dan Marino and John Elway.
Many believe that the likes of Brady are already up there with the best, and as each year passes he continues to impress and continues to build his legacy.
The NFL named Adrian Peterson as the greatest player in 2013 - another outstanding talent who is achieving some marvellous things in his career - and it comes as no surprise that he's been awarded the accolade. It wasn’t just the NFL, we as fans also ranked Peterson as the greatest player - and rightly so.
After suffering a torn MCL and ACL in the 2011/12 season, he was doubtful to even start 2013, but Peterson did just that. He played to an MVP calibre which was a surprise given he was on the comeback trail.
He has already passed Robert Smith to become the number one Vikings rusher of all-time, and that tally will continue to increase next season. It is a shame he was only nine yards off of breaking the single-season record for most rushing yards, and also came second to Manning in the NFL Comeback Player of the Year award - but AP certainly deserves the accolade of being called the greatest player of 2013.
Manning, the 37-year-old quarterback currently playing for the Denver Broncos, came second in the NFL rankings, whereas the fans voted him into third place. Nevertheless, there is no doubt that Peyton belongs in the top three this year, and after missing the entire 2011/12 season following neck surgery, he made a massive impact with his new team.
The Indianapolis Colts released Peyton when many suggested that the number one draft pick at the time, Andrew Luck, could be learning under him. Instead, they opted to release him and there were many suitors for one of the greatest quarterbacks.
Manning opted for Denver and it proved to be a great choice as he guided the Broncos to the play-offs. He started all 16 games for the Broncos as they won 13 - throwing 37 touchdown passes for 4,659 yards.
The NFL then ranked Calvin Johnson Jr as the third best player of 2013, with the second pick of the 2007 draft having a great season with the Detroit Lions. He also put an end to the infamous 'Madden Curse'. History tells you that whoever graces the cover of the Madden NFL video game suffers a season or even a career collapse, but ‘Megatron’ proved that to be false as he went from week nine to 16 by recording consecutive games with 125 receiving yards or more, which broke the NFL record.
He went on to break Jerry Rice’s record of most single-season receiving yards with 1,964 and in the end he missed out on the 2,000 mark by only 36 yards. Johnson also finished the season leading the league in receptions with 122, which capped off a great year.
The NFL ranked Calvin as the third best player of 2013, whilst the fans ranked him ahead of Manning at number two.
That is the top three completed, with Peterson taking top spot, followed by Manning at number two and Johnson at number three. You can see the top 10 players of 2013 below.
1. Adrian Peterson – Minnesota Vikings
2. Peyton Manning – Denver Broncos
3. Calvin Johnson – Detroit Lions
4. Tom Brady – New England Patriots
5. JJ Watt – Houston Texans
6. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers
7. Aldon Smith – San Francisco 49ers
8. Arian Foster – Houston Texans
9. Von Miller – Denver Broncos
10. Patrick Willis – San Francisco 49ers
Drew Brees, DeMarcus Ware, Ray Rice, Andre Johnson and Robert Griffin III all missed the cut - who would make your top 10? Have your say in the comments box below.
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