“The Top 100: Players of 2011” definitely fired a lot of people up, especially when the show got into its final 10 spots. Tom Brady was voted as the top player, which shouldn’t have been a surprise considering he was the league MVP. Also not a surprise was the number of Packers fans (as well as many other fans) who thought Aaron Rodgers should have been the top-ranked player. Rodgers is clearly one of the more popular quarterbacks in the league … deservedly so, considering the great season he had in 2010.
One area Brady doesn’t get enough credit for, and one in which he outperformed Rodgers in, was consistency. Week by week, New England’s franchise quarterback was solid, with many peaks and few valleys. In fact, Brady had a 100 passer rating in 12 out of 16 games, and never produced a sub-60 rating. Rodgers, on the other hand, only hit the century mark seven times, and had two sub-60 games.
Obviously, both were outstanding last season. But give Brady a lot of credit for never really needing a mulligan. The guy was not just great, he was consistently great.
— Elliot Harrison