The Top 100 NFL Players of 2012: A Writer's Perspective

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The Top 100 NFL Players of 2012: A Writer's Perspective
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Who is the best player in the NFL today?

Depending on who you ask, you'll hear anyone from Tom Brady to (although he didn't play a single snap last year) Peyton Manning. Or some may even suggest Eli Manning, the defending Super Bowl MVP.

Even when the players voted on the "Top 100 Players of 2012," there wasn't a unanimous decision. While it's almost impossible to qualify what makes a player the best, it's still worth a shot.

Quarterbacks have to know not only their own responsibilities on every play but also the responsibilities of every offensive player. Especially in today's NFL, teams rise and fall according to the play of their quarterbacks.

Are wins more important than stats? Are stats more important than wins? Should a great player be looked at less favorably because he plays on a good team? Are sacks more important than taking up double-teams? What do you say about a player who has a bad regular season and a successful postseason, or vice versa? How important is past versus projected success?

All those questions are asked when evaluating the top players in the NFL. While they're all valid, to me the main question to ask when determining who's the best is: Would you trust this player with the game on the line?

That said, I've come up with a list of who I believe to be the top 100 players in the NFL today.

*These rankings are based on what a player is capable of doing at their fullest potential (assuming each player is 100 percent healthy).

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