Call me old school, but I’m a firm believer in looking at a body of work when making such grand pronouncements as this. That’s why you’ll see, in the slides ahead, that veteran NFL players, not players with less than five years of NFL experience, make up this list. These are the guys who are nearing the end of their respective journeys and have built remarkable and record-setting careers that will take them to Canton, Ohio.
This list, which covers both sides of the ball, relies heavily upon and is drawn from research among active career leaders in offensive and defensive categories. Statistics cited are as of the end of the 2015 regular NFL season.
Let’s dive right in:
1. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – Quarterback
Drafted: 199th overall in 2001 by New England
Passing yards: 58,028
Did you know? Deflategate aside, Brady, named MVP in three (XXXVI, XXXVIII and XLIX) of New England’s four Super Bowl victories (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX and XLIX), was named the NFL’s MVP in 2007 and 2010. He’s also an 11-time Pro Bowler and 4-time All-Pro.
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