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The Best NFL Players Of The 2010s  

Aaron Hager
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List Rules Vote based only on players' success from 2010-2019.

The best NFL players of the 2010s all dominated the sport in different ways. Offensive talents like Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Adrian Peterson, and Julio Jones led their teams with incredible stats and awards. Defensive standouts like J.J. Watt, Von Miller, and Aaron Donald proved that defense could impact the game with positive results and hard work. 

All the best NFL players of the decade will be featured here along with a hit list of their biggest accomplishments in the decade. Teams like the New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Green Bay Packers had the biggest impact by going to the Super Bowl multiple times, and all featured superstars who would be major factors on any list like this. Given how hard it is to have a long career in the NFL, these talents all deserve to be appreciated for their success. 

Vote up for the best overall players to shine in the decade and help decide which top NFL players of the decade deserve to be ranked the highest on the list.

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1
Adrian Peterson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NFL Players Of The 2010s

Accomplishments in the decade:

  • 4× Pro Bowl (2010, 2012, 2013, 2015)
  • 3× First-team All-Pro (2012, 2015)
  • 3× Second-team All-Pro (2010, 2013)
  • NFL Most Valuable Player (2012)
  • NFL Offensive Player of the Year (2012)
  • Bert Bell Award (2012)
  • 2× NFL rushing yards leader (2012, 2015)
  • NFL rushing touchdowns leader (2015)
2
Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NFL Players Of The 2010s

Accomplishments in the decade:

  • 3× Super Bowl champion (XLIX, LI, LIII)
  • 2× Super Bowl MVP (XLIX, LI)
  • 2× NFL Most Valuable Player (2010, 2017)
  • 9× Pro Bowl (2010–2018)
  • 2× First-team All-Pro (2010, 2017)
  • Second-team All-Pro (2016)
  • NFL Offensive Player of the Year (2010)
  • NFL passing yards leader (2017)
  • 2× NFL passing touchdowns leader (2010, 2015)
3
Drew Brees is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NFL Players Of The 2010s

Accomplishments in the decade:

  • 8× Pro Bowl (2010–2014, 2016–2018)
  • 2× Second-team All-Pro (2011, 2018)
  • NFL Offensive Player of the Year (2011)
  • Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year (2010)
  • Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year (2010)
  • Art Rooney Award (2018)
  • 5× NFL passing yards leader (2011, 2012, 2014–2016)
  • 2× NFL passing touchdowns leader (2011, 2012)
4
Russell Wilson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NFL Players Of The 2010s

Accomplishments in the decade:

  • Super Bowl champion (XLVIII)
  • 6× Pro Bowl (2012–2015, 2017, 2018)
  • Pro Bowl Offensive MVP (2015)
  • NFL passer rating leader (2015)
  • NFL passing touchdowns leader (2017)
  • NFL Rookie of the Year (2012)
5
Peyton Manning is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NFL Players Of The 2010s

Accomplishments in the decade:

  • Super Bowl champion (50)
  • 4× Pro Bowl (2010, 2012–2014)
  • 2× First-team All-Pro (2012, 2013)
  • NFL MVP (2013)
  • Bert Bell Award (2013)
  • NFL Offensive Player of the Year (2013)
  • Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year (2013)
  • NFL Comeback Player of the Year (2012)
  • NFL passing yards leader (2013)
  • NFL passing touchdowns leader (2013)
6
Aaron Rodgers is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NFL Players Of The 2010s

Accomplishments in the decade:

Super Bowl champion (XLV)
Super Bowl MVP (XLV)
2× NFL Most Valuable Player (2011, 2014)
6× Pro Bowl (2011, 2012, 2014–2016, 2018)
2× First-team All-Pro (2011, 2014)
Second-team All-Pro (2012)
Associated Press Athlete of the Year (2011)
Bert Bell Award (2011)
NFL passer rating leader (2011, 2012)
NFL passing touchdowns leader (2016)

7
J. J. Watt is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NFL Players Of The 2010s

Accomplishments in the decade:

  • 5× Pro Bowl (2012–2015, 2018)
  • 5× First-team All-Pro (2012–2015, 2018)
  • Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year (2017)
  • Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year (2017)
  • 3× NFL Defensive Player of the Year (2012, 2014, 2015)
  • Pro Bowl Defensive MVP (2014)
  • Bert Bell Award (2014)
  • 2× NFL sacks leader (2012, 2015)
8
Richard Sherman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NFL Players Of The 2010s

Accomplishments in the decade:

  • Super Bowl champion (XLVIII)
  • 4× Pro Bowl (2013–2016)
  • 3× First-team All-Pro (2012–2014)
  • Second-team All-Pro (2015)
  • NFL interceptions leader (2013)
9
Julio Jones is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NFL Players Of The 2010s

Accomplishments in the decade:

  • 6× Pro Bowl (2012, 2014–2018)
  • 2× First-team All-Pro (2015, 2016)
  • 2× Second-team All-Pro (2017, 2018)
  • 2× NFL receiving yards leader (2015, 2018)
  • NFL receptions co-leader (2015)
10
Von Miller is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NFL Players Of The 2010s

Accomplishments in the decade:

  • Super Bowl champion (50)
  • Super Bowl MVP (50)
  • 7× Pro Bowl (2011, 2012, 2014–2018)
  • 3× First-team All-Pro (2012, 2015, 2016)
  • 4× Second-team All-Pro (2011, 2014, 2017, 2018)
  • NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year (2011)
11
Aaron Donald is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NFL Players Of The 2010s

Accomplishments in the decade:

  • 5× Pro Bowl (2014–2018)
  • 4× First-team All-Pro (2015–2018)
  • 2× NFL Defensive Player of the Year (2017, 2018)
  • NFL sacks leader (2018)
  • NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year (2014)
12
Larry Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NFL Players Of The 2010s

Accomplishments in the decade:

  • 7× Pro Bowl (2010–2013, 2015–2017)
  • Second-team All-Pro (2011)
  • Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year (2016)
13
Luke Kuechly is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NFL Players Of The 2010s

Accomplishments in the decade:

  • 6× Pro Bowl (2013–2018)
  • 5× First-team All-Pro (2013–2015, 2017, 2018)
  • Second-team All-Pro (2016)
  • Art Rooney Award (2017)
  • 3× Butkus Award (pro) (2014, 2015, 2017)
  • NFL Defensive Player of the Year (2013)
  • NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year (2012)
14
Calvin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NFL Players Of The 2010s

Accomplishments in the decade:

  • 6× Pro Bowl (2010–2015)
  • 3× First-team All-Pro (2011–2013)
  • Second-team All-Pro (2010)
  • 2× NFL receiving yards leader (2011, 2012)
15
Marshawn Lynch is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NFL Players Of The 2010s

Accomplishments in the decade:

  • Super Bowl champion (XLVIII)
  • 5× Pro Bowl (2008, 2011–2014)
  • First-team All-Pro (2012)
  • Second-team All-Pro (2014)
  • 2× NFL rushing touchdowns leader (2013, 2014)
16
Rob Gronkowski is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NFL Players Of The 2010s

Accomplishments in the decade:

  • 3× Super Bowl champion (XLIX, LI, LIII)
  • 4× First-team All-Pro (2011, 2014, 2015, 2017)
  • 5× Pro Bowl (2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2017)
  • NFL Comeback Player of the Year (2014)
  • NFL receiving touchdowns leader (2011)
17
Frank Gore is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NFL Players Of The 2010s

Accomplishments in the decade:

  • NFC Champion (2012)
  • 5× Pro Bowl (2006, 2009, 2011–2013)
  • Second-team All-Pro (2006)
  • Art Rooney Award (2016)
18
Khalil Mack is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NFL Players Of The 2010s
Khalil Mack

Accomplishments in the decade:

  • 4× Pro Bowl (2015–2018)
  • 3× First-team All-Pro (2015, 2016, 2018)
  • NFL Defensive Player of the Year (2016)
  • Butkus Award (Pro) (2016, 2018)
19
Troy Polamalu is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NFL Players Of The 2010s

Accomplishments in the decade:

  • 3× Pro Bowl (2010, 2011, 2013)
  • 2× First-team All-Pro (2010, 2011)
  • NFL Defensive Player of the Year (2010)
20
Bobby Wagner is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NFL Players Of The 2010s

Accomplishments in the decade:

  • Super Bowl champion (XLVIII)
  • 5× Pro Bowl (2014–2018)
  • 4× First-team All-Pro (2014, 2016–2018)
  • Second-team All-Pro (2015)
21
Patrick Peterson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NFL Players Of The 2010s

Accomplishments in the decade:

  • 8× Pro Bowl (2011–2018)
  • 3× First-team All-Pro (2011, 2013, 2015)
22
Eric Berry is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NFL Players Of The 2010s

Accomplishments in the decade:

  • 5× Pro Bowl (2010, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016)
  • 3× First-team All-Pro (2013, 2015, 2016)
  • NFL Comeback Player of the Year (2015)
23
Patrick Mahomes II is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NFL Players Of The 2010s
Patrick Mahomes II

Accomplishments in the decade:

  • Pro Bowl (2018)
  • First-team All-Pro (2018)
  • NFL Most Valuable Player (2018)
  • NFL Offensive Player of the Year (2018)
  • NFL passing touchdowns leader (2018)
  • Bert Bell Award (2018)
24
Earl Thomas is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NFL Players Of The 2010s

Accomplishments in the decade:

  • Super Bowl champion (XLVIII)
  • 6× Pro Bowl (2011–2015, 2017)
  • 3× First-team All-Pro (2012–2014)
  • 2× Second-team All-Pro (2011, 2017)
25
Antonio Gates is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NFL Players Of The 2010s

Accomplishments in the decade:

  • 2× Pro Bowl (2010, 2011)
  • Second-team All-Pro (2010)