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Why Tom Brady Was the Best NFL Player of the 2010s

The 2010s decade has come to a close with it brings a chance to look back at the last 10 years. There were many memorable moments with several players putting forth some strong outings and years along the way. However, it was a span that saw New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady come away as the top performer from that span behind his success and production on the field. Beyond that, it was an extremely difficult list of players behind to narrow down with many others besides the ones chosen that could have easily filled those spots. Nonetheless, here are the few that belong on this exclusive list.

3. Julio Jones

Here comes one of the most challenging tasks is leaving off some deserving names on this shortlist from this past decade, but it’s tough to deny the Atlanta Falcons star wideout.

Since entering the league in 2011, Jones has been highly productive, as his 12,125 receiving yards are the most for any player in any decade, while he has the NFL record for 96.2 receiving yards per game in his career. He has seven Pro Bowl selections, two First-Team All-Pro selections, and two Second-Team All-Pro nods.

Jones also the fastest player to reach 7,000 receiving yards on through 12,000 yards. He holds the NFL record for most consecutive years with at least 1,400 receiving yards (five), most seasons averaging at least 100 receiving yards per game (five), tied for most campaigns with at least 1,600 receiving yards (twice). He also has the most 100-plus receiving yard games in his first eight years (52), and most receiving yards in his first 100 games (9,618).

All of that in totality makes putting arguably the best wide receiver in the game on this list.

2. Russell Wilson

As previously stated, numerous players could have been in this position behind Brady, such as Aaron Rodgers, Aaron Donald, J.J. Watt and Richard Sherman. However, Russell Wilson made a more than a strong enough case for this spot.

May not have played the entire decade, but since entering the league in 2012, he has been the definition of success. He has led the franchise to playoff berths in seven out of his first eight seasons while holding winning records in every campaign, including double-digit wins all but once. His winning record in each of his first eight years are also a league record while his 86 regular-season wins are tied for the most over that span with Brady.

Regardless of the change of the roster around him, Wilson has continued to find success along with making two trips to the Super Bowl with one win, seven Pro Bowl selections, led the league in passer rating once, and passing touchdowns once. Wilson is a game-changing factor that has become a bonafide superstar in the league and put a bright future ahead of the franchise with him under center.

1. Tom Brady

Since taking over as the starting quarterback for the Patriots, Brady has helped the franchise set the bar for the league. The second decade of his career has been quite productive and prosperous for him individually and with the team.

Brady helped guide the franchise to a playoff berth behind an AFC East title with double-digit regular-season wins. The Patriots reached eight straight consecutive conference title games, which no team before had played in more than five straight years. His personal success saw him rack up nine Pro Bowl nods, two regular-season MVPs, two Super Bowl MVPs, and three Super Bowl rings.

From 2010 to 2019, Brady threw for more than 4,000 yards in seven separate seasons. He recorded 30 or more TD passes in every year but three. In 2018, when he neither threw for more than 4,000 yards nor recorded 30 TD passes, he earned his sixth Super Bowl ring.

That also saw him record seven seasons with 4,000 passing yards, seven with 30 or more touchdown passes, and held a passer rating above 100 five times. The 42-year-old has continued to prove to be an ageless wonder that doesn’t appear to be stepping away from the game any time soon.