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The Best NFL Players Of The 2010s

Updated January 2, 2020 12.9k votes 637 voters 3.2k views60 items

List RulesVote 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
    Russell Wilson

    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)
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    Tom Brady
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    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
    Peyton Manning

    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)
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    Aaron Rodgers

    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)

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    Drew Brees

    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)
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    Larry Fitzgerald

    Accomplishments in the decade:

    • 7× Pro Bowl (2010–2013, 2015–2017)
    • Second-team All-Pro (2011)
    • Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year (2016)
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    Calvin Johnson

    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)
  • 8
    Julio Jones

    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)
  • 9
    Aaron Donald

    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)
  • 10
    J. J. Watt

    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)
  • 11
    Von Miller

    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)
  • 12
    Luke Kuechly

    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)
  • 13
    Adrian Peterson

    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)
  • 14
    Rob Gronkowski

    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)
  • 15
    Richard Sherman

    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)
  • 16
    Marshawn Lynch

    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)
  • 17
    Bobby Wagner

    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)
  • 18
    Earl Thomas

    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)
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    Khalil Mack
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    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)
  • 20
    Patrick Peterson

    Accomplishments in the decade:

    • 8× Pro Bowl (2011–2018)
    • 3× First-team All-Pro (2011, 2013, 2015)
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    Patrick Mahomes II
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    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)
  • 22
    Troy Polamalu

    Accomplishments in the decade:

    • 3× Pro Bowl (2010, 2011, 2013)
    • 2× First-team All-Pro (2010, 2011)
    • NFL Defensive Player of the Year (2010)
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    Frank Gore

    Accomplishments in the decade:

    • NFC Champion (2012)
    • 5× Pro Bowl (2006, 2009, 2011–2013)
    • Second-team All-Pro (2006)
    • Art Rooney Award (2016)
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    Ben Roethlisberger

    Accomplishments in the decade:

    • 5× Pro Bowl (2011, 2014–2017)
    • 2× NFL passing yards leader (2014, 2018)
  • 25
    Andrew Luck

    Accomplishments in the decade:

    • 4× Pro Bowl (2012–2014, 2018)
    • NFL Comeback Player of the Year (2018)
    • NFL passing touchdowns leader (2014)