Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was ranked No. 1 on the NFL Network's countdown of the top 100 players of 2011. Brady finished ahead of Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, who finished second. Adrian Peterson, Ray Lewis and Ed Reed rounded out the top five.
Brady was named MVP of the league for the second time in his career last season, leading the NFL with 36 touchdowns and a 111.0 rating while throwing only four interceptions. He holds the record for passing touchdowns in a season with 50, which he accomplished during the Patriots' undefeated regular season in 2007.