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New England Patriots QB Tom Brady named NFL's top player in Top 100 poll

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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady lifts the Vince Lombardi Trophy after defeating the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium in Houston on February 5, 2017. File photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady lifts the Vince Lombardi Trophy after defeating the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium in Houston on February 5, 2017. File photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI | License Photo

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was voted the NFL's top player Monday in the NFL Network's annual top 100 poll, a ranking from votes of 902 of his peers in the league.

Brady is ranked No. 1 for the second time, making him the only player to be voted first multiple times since the poll debuted in 2011 (the first year in which he won the vote). He was No. 2 last season behind Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton.

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Brady was fourth in 2012 and 2013 and third in both 2014 and 2015.

Turning 40 on Aug. 3, Brady was named MVP of Super Bowl LI after he led the Patriots back from a 28-3 deficit late in the third quarter against the Falcons.

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In 12 games in the 2016 regular season -- after he served a four-game suspension for allegedly deflating balls in the 2015 playoffs -- Brady went 291-of-432 for 3,554 yards, 28 touchdowns and two interceptions. In three playoff games, he was 93-of-142 for 1,137 yards, seven touchdowns and three interceptions.

Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller was second in this year's poll, followed by Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones, Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Antonio Brown and Oakland Raiders linebacker Khalil Mack.

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Brady was voted by hundreds of his peers as the NFL's top player entering the season in this year's edition of The Top 100 Players of 2017, unveiled Monday on NFL Network.

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He has won five Super Bowl titles, four Super Bowl MVPs, two NFL MVPs, and voted to 12 Pro Bowl.

Only three quarterbacks in NFL history have thrown for more than 2,600 yards at age 40 or older, per Pro Football Reference, Brett Favre (40), Warren Moon (41) and Vinny Testaverde (41). Brady is in position to break Favre's age-40 season of 4,202 yards and 33 touchdowns.

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