NFL Top 100 unveils its Top 10 players, headlined by Patrick Mahomes at No. 1

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The wait is finally over. The NFL has released its annual Top 100 rankings and the top 10 didn’t disappoint. Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was voted the league’s No. 1 player by his peers, making up for his prior snubs in 2019 (fourth) and 2020 (fourth again).

Three-time Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald, who topped 2019’s list, finished a close second followed by reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers, two-time NFL rushing champ Derrick Henry and Mahomes’ Kansas City teammate Travis Kelce at No. 5. Packers standout Davante Adams (No. 6), reigning Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady (No. 7), DeAndre Hopkins of the Cardinals (No. 8), Steelers pass-rusher T.J. Watt (No. 9) and Bills QB Josh Allen (No. 10) round out the rest of this year’s top 10.

Since the series debuted in 2011, eight of the top players have been quarterbacks with Donald (2019), J.J. Watt (2015) and former Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (2013) standing as the lone exceptions. Brady, who turned 44 earlier this month, has appeared in the top 10 every year except 2020, when he fell to 14. Of last year’s top 10 players, only Mahomes, Donald Henry and Hopkins achieved that distinction again in 2021.

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“It’s really cool,” said Mahomes of being recognized as the league’s top player. “It’s voted by a lot of your peers, a lot of the guys you play against and play with. So for those guys, to vote for me to be the No. 1 player, is definitely an honor.”

Entering his fourth season as the Chiefs’ starter, Mahomes will have a chip on his shoulder this year after a career-worst performance in Super Bowl LV, committing two turnovers in the loss to Tampa Bay. Kansas City hosts Cleveland in its season opener two weeks from Sunday.

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