Great players are hard to find.
How hard? Well, think about this: There are 32 teams in the NFL, and those 32 teams have the finest 32 quarterbacks in the world. And yet, there are only about five elite quarterbacks in the league. Comparatively speaking, that means 27 teams have low-end or mid-range quarterbacks.
It's tough to find guys who transcend their sport. It takes guts, brains and instinct to emerge as a truly special player. Those athletes are rare. The moments that make those athletes are even rarer.
Under the stadium lights, surrounded by thousands of fans and cameras ready to record and preserve every potential mistake, players with great instinct emerge as heroes.
Instinct can't be taught. It can be sharpened and refined, but never manufactured out of thin air.
Every player on this list instinctively knows how to win. They've proven it on the field and they're all about to have the best season of their careers.
Here are seven players primed for a breakout season in 2012.