The players have spoken. The NFL revealed their player-voted top 10 of their Top 100 Players of 2015 and the No. 1 spot has people talking.
Each year, the NFL holds a player poll to determine who gets the distinction of being crowned the best player by his own peers. In 2011, Tom Brady won the honors of the No. 1 spot, followed by Aaron Rodgers in 2012. Adrian Peterson broke the quarterback streak becoming the No. 1 voted best player in 2013, but Peyton Manning claimed the spot for quarterbacks again in 2014.
This year’s results saw a shift from offensive player to defensive player as the Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt has been named the No. 1 player in the NFL last season.
Watt had a super human season in 2014, with a list of achievements that is especially eye-opening for being just 26 years old. One of the most disruptive players in the NFL, Watt had 20 ½ sacks, four fumbles, and interception and even managed to score a couple of touchdowns. The Texans put his athleticism on full display last year, employing Watt in their red-zone offense where he managed to score three touchdowns playing at tight end. He is the first defensive player to score five touchdowns since 1944.
No. 2 on the list was the reigning NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers. Many felt Watt deserved the MVP award more so than Rodgers last season, but have to feel somewhat vindicated now that he’s been named the No. 1 player by his teammates and opponents. Here’s how the rest of the top 10 filled out:
10. Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots 9. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks 8. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers 7. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts 6. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions 5. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos 4. DeMarco Murray, Philadelphia Eagles 3. Tom Brady, New England Patriots 2. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers 1. J.J. Watt, Houston Texans