Following a season that saw him capture his third Most Valuable Player award, the accolades kept coming for Tom Brady.
The Patriots quarterback was named the No. 1 player in the NFL for the second consecutive year on Monday night as part of the league’s annual “NFL Top 100” list.
"Thank you! I am beyond blessed," Brady said in an Instagram comment. "Football is the ultimate team sport and I love playing for my teammates, coaches, organization, family and our fans!! Congratulations to all the players recognized for 2017, but 2018 is upon us."
“It’d be insane if he’s not at number one,” said former New England receiver Brandin Cooks. “Let’s just say that.”
Last season ranked amongst the best of Brady’s 18-year career. Despite being the oldest active quarterback in the NFL, the 40-year-old paced the league with 4,577 passing yards, ranked third with 32 touchdowns and a 102.8 passer rating, and guided the Patriots to a 13-3 record and another Super Bowl appearance.
Despite falling short against the Philadelphia Eagles, Brady set a Super Bowl record with 505 yards through the air in the game.
The list is compiled based on votes from active players and after taking the top spot on the inaugural list in 2011, Brady has never finished lower than fourth.
“I’ve got a lot of respect for Tom,” added Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. “I mean how could you not? He’s the greatest of all-time.”
After receiving the honor in 2017, Brady became the first player to top the list multiple times and is now the first to take the top spot in consecutive seasons.
Brady was joined on the list by Patriots teammate Rob Gronkowski who ranked 15th.