There's no doubt about who the most important player on each NFL team is.
Sure, there might be a scant few exceptions, but 99 times out of 100, the quarterback is the cornerstone and person entrusted with the greatest responsibility.
But a close second is often the mike or inside linebacker...and not just because they too play in the center of the defense, just as the quarterback plays in the center of the offense.
Those "quarterbacks of the defense" call the scheme, align players and oftentimes make and shout out the adjustments.
Throughout the course of NFL history, a select few middle and inside linebackers stand head and shoulders above their peers. Here are the 10 greatest.