The NFL players have shown their respect for Calvin Johnson's record-setting season. On the league's "Top 100 Players of 2013," the players voted Johnson as the No. 3 player heading into next season. Johnson finished 2012 with 122 receptions for 1,964 yards and five touchdowns and broke Jerry Rice's single-season record of 1,848 yards. Johnson also ranked No. 3 on last year's list, but having the same ranking is hardly a slight. The second rated player on the list was Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, who led Denver to a 13-3 record after missing the 2011 season due to neck surgery. Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, the league MVP, was voted No. 1 after running for 2,097 yards, just eight yards shy of Eric Dickerson's single-season record. Peterson's season was even more impressive considering he tore his ACL and MCL in December 2011. Here is the rest of the top 10, starting with No. 4: Tom Brady, J.J. Watt, Aaron Rodgers, Aldon Smith, Arian Foster, Von Miller and Patrick Willis.
Peers vote Lions' Calvin Johnson No. 3 player in NFL
Detroit News | Jun 28