The NFL's Top Role Players

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The NFL's Top Role Players
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Not everyone on an NFL team can be the main attraction. 

On a roster complete with 53 highly trained specialists, everyone is expected to contribute in his own unique way—obviously some guys more than others. 

This list pays tribute to the NFL's most impressive role players by counting down the top 12 until we arrive at the best of the best. 

In order to define what a role player is, I limited this list to guys who have played less than 60 percent of the snaps in the games they were active for. Furthermore, I tried as best as I could to populate the list with players who have exceptional ability in a specific area, thus giving them a defined role on their respective teams.

In other words, guys who were backups last season and are expected to be full-time starters in 2013 were not really looked at as role players. The same goes for anyone who lacked a distinguishing area of contribution to his team, something that he really excelled at.   

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