The NFL’s best player will be anointed Sunday as the final 10 are unveiled on NFL Network’s The Top 100 Players of 2011, a 10-part series determined by the votes of active players.
Opinions are already widely split, but we caught up with a Pro Bowler to get his take … even if it didn’t surprise us.
“You really can’t go wrong with those guys,” says Vikings CB Antoine Winfield when told the final 10 almost certainly include Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Andre Johnson, Ray Lewis, Peyton Manning, Julius Peppers, Adrian Peterson, Troy Polamalu, Ed Reed and Darrelle Revis.
But after mulling it, Winfield sighed and said his fellow Viking is the king.
“I gotta go with my teammate, AP,” he claimed, referring to Peterson, who recently attended Winfield’s birthday party in Miami.
“His work ethic during the offseason (stands out) — down in Miami, he’s ready to go right now. The guy’s special. He runs hard all four quarters. A lot of defensive players are scared to tackle this guy.”
And that’s something Winfield delights in watching from the safety of his sideline.
Winfield is right, pretty much any of the guys left on the list could arguably be the top player. I believe the top player should be a one that if not on that team the team would have done significantly worse. I think Peyton Manning will get this honor but I do think Adrian Peterson could easily make a strong push for the title. I expect him to be top 5 for sure.