The results are in: Patrick muhammad is the best player in the NFL, according to a survey conducted by the league.
The nfl interrogates a group of his players and asked them to vote for the league’s top 100 players heading into the 2021 season, and the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback took first place for the first time as he enters fifth season of his career.
Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald was second, followed by Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers in third. Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry and Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce completed the top five, in that order.
Packers WR Davante Adams finished at No. 6, with Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB — and reigning Super Bowl MVP — Tom Brady taking seventh place. Arizona Cardinals spreader DeAndre Hopkins, Pittsburgh Steelers passer TJ Watt and Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen were voted eighth, ninth and 10th respectively.
Mahomes took the top spot after finishing fourth in consecutive polls, which he took note of when posting last year’s standings.
Now the 25 year old QB is the best dog. He got there with another sensational season, going 14-1 in the regular season and taking the Chiefs to a second straight Super Bowl, which they lost to Brady and the Bucs.
During the 2020 regular season, Mahomes posted a career-high 66.3% of his passes for 4,740 yards, 38 touchdowns and six interceptions. His average of 316.0 passing yards per game led the league in the regular season.
Mahomes initially seemed surprised to receive a trophy with a No.1 on it. Whether that reaction was to being voted No.1 or the trophy having a big number 1 is not definitive, but Mahomes was certainly thrilled.
“Oh, is that a 1?” Mahomes asked, before beaming and saying, “Good!”
Nick Wright of “First Things First” was also delighted to hear that Mahomes was voted No.1.
“Our long national nightmare is finally over,” said Wright. “… Patrick Mahomes took his rightful place at No. 1, and I imagine he will stay there for the next several years, conservatively, from 12 to 18 years old.”
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Nick Wright couldn’t be happier to see where Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes landed on the NFL’s top-ranked list.
Despite Wright and Mahomes’ collective enthusiasm for the honor, which the QB attributed to a team effort, not everyone was so convinced by the billing.
Shannon Sharpe of “Undisputed” introduced Rodgers, this year’s third ranked player and reigning league MVP, as the legitimate No.1.
“I’m surprised they got No. 1 Mahomes,” Sharpe said. “I actually thought they would have Aaron Rodgers one, Patrick Mahomes two, Aaron Donald three.… For me, it’s not about what you’ve done in the past or what you might do at the future. It’s last year. And I thought Aaron Rodgers had a better season than Patrick Mahomes.… I don’t think they got it right. “
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Shannon Sharpe explains why Patrick Mahomes ranked No. 1 “is surprising”.
Last season, Rodgers completed 70.7% of his regular-season passes for 48 touchdowns and a 121.5 passer rating, all of which topped the league. He passed 4,299 passing yards with just five interceptions en route to a 13-3 record.
In the playoffs, the Packers fell to future champions the Buccaneers in the conference championship.
Speaking of which, Chris Broussard had an issue with where Brady fell in the pecking order on “First Things First”. In Broussard’s mind, the Super Bowl MVP should have ranked ahead of the season’s MVP.
Obviously, these rankings are a source of much debate, although any team would probably be more than happy to have one of those three-quarters under center.
And guess what? The NFL will be running the poll again this season, opening a whole new box of worms around this time a year from now.
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