Pittsburgh Steelers’ Troy Polamalu ranks in the top 20 for a third straight year (No. 17).

By Ryan Wilson | CBSSports.com

The top-10 includes nine quarterbacks, with Wilson’s teammate, running back Marshawn Lynch,ranking seventh.

1. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
2. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
3. Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers
4. Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins
5. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
6. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
7. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
8. Eli Manning, New York Giants
9. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
10. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints

Spots 11-21 are all non-quarterbacks before the Cowboys’ Tony Romo shows up at No. 22.

11. J.J. Watt, Houston Texans
12. Richard Sherman, Seattle Seahawks
13. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
14. Clay Matthews, Green Bay Packers
15. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys
16. Patrick Willis, San Francisco 49ers
17. Troy Polamalu, Pittsburgh Steelers
18. Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots
19. Arian Foster, Houston Texans
20. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions
21. Victor Cruz, New York Giants

Other fun facts, via the NFLPA press release:

• Pittsburgh Steelers’ defensive back Troy Polamalu ranks in the top 20 for a third straight year.

Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly made his debut on the list (No. 50).

• Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt is the highest-ranked defensive player.

• Green Bay’s Clay Matthews and the San Francisco 49ers’ Patrick Willis represent the only linebackers in the top 20.

• Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten is the highest-ranked pass catcher.


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