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AFC East's best: No. 1 Tom Brady

The countdown of my top 25 AFC East players concludes here ...

About the choice: Tom Brady was the unanimous MVP and received every All-Pro vote after leading the New England Patriots to a 14-2 record and another AFC East crown. He had one of his finest seasons despite an overhaul of the offense. The Patriots traded No. 1 receiver Randy Moss, relied heavily on rookie tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez and found ways to help undrafted running backs BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Danny Woodhead thrive. Brady led the NFL with 36 touchdowns and threw just four interceptions. He threw an interception to New York Jets linebacker David Harris in the playoffs, but his NFL-record streak of 335 attempts without an interception technically remains intact heading into 2011. Also still intact is Brady's record of nine straight games with at least two touchdowns and zero interceptions. Brady became the sixth quarterback since the NFL went to a 16-game schedule in 1978 to throw a touchdown pass each game.

Key fact: Brady owns a 111-32 regular-season record, giving him the best winning percentage of any quarterback to begin his career in the Super Bowl era.

The complete rundown:

  1. Tom Brady, Patriots quarterback

  2. Darrelle Revis, Jets cornerback

  3. Jake Long, Dolphins left tackle

  4. Vince Wilfork, Patriots nose tackle

  5. Nick Mangold, Jets center

  6. Logan Mankins, Patriots left guard

  7. Jerod Mayo, Patriots inside linebacker

  8. Cameron Wake, Dolphins outside linebacker

  9. D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Jets left tackle

  10. Santonio Holmes, Jets receiver

  11. Kyle Williams, Bills defensive tackle

  12. Brandon Marshall, Dolphins receiver

  13. David Harris, Jets inside linebacker

  14. Devin McCourty, Patriots cornerback

  15. Wes Welker, Patriots receiver

  16. Karlos Dansby, Dolphins linebacker

  17. Fred Jackson, Bills running back

  18. Sebastian Vollmer, Patriots right tackle

  19. Steve Johnson, Bills receiver

  20. Vontae Davis, Dolphins cornerback

  21. Bart Scott, Jets inside linebacker

  22. Randy Starks, Dolphins defensive lineman

  23. Dustin Keller, Jets tight end

  24. Kendall Langford, Dolphins defensive end

  25. Rob Gronkowski, Patriots tight end