What a Delightful Surprise: NFL’s Best of 2010

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What a Delightful Surprise: NFL’s Best of 2010
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Now that we are on the brink of the Super Bowl it is time to take a minute and reflect on the 2010 NFL Season.  What a rollercoaster ride it was.  Just like previous seasons, nothing went as predicted in the NFL.  It had injuries, upsets, disappointments, and pure dominance. 

There was Mike Vick’s week 10 explosion on the Redskins for 6 TDs. 

The Oakland Raiders going into Denver in week 8 and beating the home team 59-14. 

There was the revamping of the New England Patriots offense after the Randy Moss trade, which lead to a 14-2 record and most likely Coach of the Year honors for Bill Belichick. 

There was yet another Randy Moss trade.

There were supposed Superbowl contenders in the Minnesota Vikings and Dallas Cowboys, but both team would end up firing their Head Coaches mid-season due to poor performance. And speaking of the Vikings, Brett Favre's latest comeback sure went down in flames. 

Of all the ups and downs this rollercoaster ride took us on, the goal here is to focus on the individuals that kept this season going.

Every year there are a few players that take the NFL by storm, seemingly coming out of nowhere to become the next big superstar or rising from the ashes like a Phoenix to revive their career.  The 2010 NFL season provided some of the biggest surprises in recent memory.  From relative unknowns to franchise cornerstones, this list has plenty of both.  Going into the season I do not think anyone in the league would have expected the level of play these individuals brought game in and game out. 

So without further ado, let us dive in.

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