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New England Patriots Links 7/04/11 - Tom Brady Voted NFL's Best Player By His Peers

<em>Tom Brady earned every vote for the number one ranking in the NFL</em>.
Tom Brady earned every vote for the number one ranking in the NFL.

Mike Reiss offers some soundbites from Ray Lewis and Darrelle Revis as they presented Tom Brady with the number one pick in the Top 100 Players in the NFL.

One thought from Ray Lewis:  "A play that always sticks out in my mind, they're playing Carolina in the Super Bowl [in the 2003 season]. Big third down. Of course, Carolina is playing that two-deep coverage. And you would think, OK, Tom Brady has to make this incredible throw, where is he going to go with the ball? But the weakness of cover-2, if you understand it, from Tom Brady's perspective, is if a linebacker is 1 on 1 with a [running] back, that's your best bet. He drops back and he simply drops the ball off to Kevin Faulk. Could he have tried to force it into a cover-2? Could he have tried to go to his tight end down the middle of the seam in a cover-2? Yeah. But that's what makes great players, great players. The unselfish players. When I saw that play, I said 'Wow. That's how simple he makes the game. The game ain't hard to him.' It's like a matrix where it slows down.' It's poetry when you see it from that angle."

One thought from Darrelle Revis:  "The crazy thing about it is his accuracy. His accuracy of where he throws the ball, where as a defender you can't get it sometimes. You're here in position but then he's throwing it right there and Wes [Welker] is catching it an inch from the ground."

Ian Rapoport highlights Tom Brady's reaction to being named as the league's number 1 player.

"It’s very flattering," said Brady, who wished everyone a happy fourth of July, too. "I think I’ve been really fortunate over the years to play with an incredible organization and an incredible group of players. This year was really a great year for our team in the regular season. We accomplished some great things. The things that I love about football is that it’s a team sport. The great teammates that I’ve ever had, the teammates I had this year, nobody would really accomplish anything without the help of every guy on that team and every coach. It’s very flattering, but ultimately I give all the thanks to teammates past and present, cuz they’re what really makes this game special for me."