The American football was originated in the United States. This sport emerged at the end of the 19th century as something similar to British rugby. For this sport, two teams of 11 players are needed that will face each other on the court in four periods of 15 minutes.
The National Football League is the largest competitive manifestation of this sport. On the other hand, college football is also very popular and is practiced at an amateur level in the United States.
However, when we talk about the best players of the decade who have participated in this sport, we could take a look at the best and the worst. We can designate the best player from each of the 32 teams from the last 10 years.
NFC football players of the decade
Eli Manning, quarterback
Elisha Nelson Manning was born in New Orleans on January 3, 1981. He is a former professional football player. He played as quarterback and spent his entire career with the New York Giants of the National Football League.
On the other hand, he also played football at the University of Mississippi after attending Isidoro Newman School in New Orleans.
Eli is considered one of ten quarterbacks in history with around 45,000 rushing yards, 300 touchdowns, four Pro Bowl appearances and two Super Bowl victories.
Throughout the time he played, he won a Super Bowl nomination for the most valuable player. The end of the 2010s along with Manning’s career was not so pleasant compared to the first few years that were the best of his professional life.
We can say that the Manning’s 8.4 yards per attempt in 2011 was the best of his career. Throughout this span of time, he was the unmistakable face of the franchise.
Ryan Kerrigan, outside linebacker
This soccer player was born on August 16, 1988 in Muncie, Indiana. When he attended to Muncie Central High School he played defensive end and tight end. In his senior year, he had 90 tackles and 19 sacks as a defensive end while, as a tight end, he had 40 receptions for 789 yards.
He played college football at Purdue where he was recognized as a unanimous All-American in the senior year. In addition, he was selected by the Redskins, in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft.
Some additional facts about him include, for example, that he is the NFL’s all-time leader in consecutive starts with a left outside linebacker. He is Washington’s leader in catches with 95.5.
Putting Kerrigan on this list is a little difficult because the left tackle Trent Williams has a very strong resume with postseason honors. However, Ryan’s durability and reliability was of great importance to the coaches.
He started every game of his career. Since he entered to the league in 2011, only three players have recorded more catches than Kerrigan’s 90 and they are: Von Miller, J.J. Watt and Chandler Jones.
The football player Tyron Smith
Tyron Jerrar Smith was born on December 12, 1990, and he is an American football offensive tackle for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League. He attended to Rancho Verde High School in Moreno Valley where he played on the offensive and defensive lines.
There, he got All-American honors for Parade, SuperPrep, PrepStar but he also received some All-Region honors. During his college career, he played three seasons with the USC Trojans from 2008 to 2010.
He won the Morris Trophy when he played at USC and he was also selected by the Cowboys in the 2011 NFL Draft.
On the other hand, the Cowboys hadn’t selected an offensive lineman in the first round since 1981, before considering Smith with the #9 overall pick in 2011. The thinking of the draft was successfully changed thanks to Tyron.
Lastly, he has been named to the Pro Bowl every season since 2013 and he has been elected to the All-Pro first team twice.
Jason Raynard Peters was born on January 22, 1982 and he is a football player belonging to the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League. He was signed by the Buffalo Bills in 2004.
After playing soccer and basketball at Queen City High School, Jason decided to attend to the University of Arkansas and he played for the Arkansas Razorbacks team. In his first season, Peters had 21 receptions for 218 yards and four touchdowns, which helped him to a second-team All-SEC selection.
Peters has made it known that from a very young age he had protective instincts. He relates that one day while they were on the bus to school, he sprang into action when a boy began to annoy his sister. He mentions that he put him in a key until he started crying.
Throughout his 16-year career, Jason has built a Hall of Fame resume with the best work he has done in the last decade. He has been named to six Pro Blows from 2010 to 2019 and he has been included in the Team of the Decade of Hall of Fame.
Christopher Jason Witten was born on May 6, 1982. He is the youngest of three brothers and he grew up in Washington, D.C. He attended to Elizabethton High School where he played tight end and linebacker, helping the team to reach the semifinals three times. At the age of 11, Witten decided to move to Elizabethton to live with his grandparents.
On the other hand, Witten was selected in the third round of the 2003 draft by the Dallas Cowboys. They achieved 4 division titles, qualifying for the playoffs 6 times.
At the beginning of the 2018 preseason, Jason announced his retirement and clarified that the rumors that he would be part of the technical staff of the Dallas Cowboys were false. His decision was based on the fact that he seeks to normalize his life and focus completely on his family.
Witten was named to the Pro Bowl five times and he had the most receptions between tight ends in the decade and was third in yards.
Odell Beckham Jr.
Odell Beckham Jr was born in Baton Rouge on November 5, 1992. He went to Isidore Newman School in New Orleans where he played football, basketball, and athletics. In football, Odell played as a wide receiver, quarterback, running back and cornerback.
In the 2014 draft, Beckham was selected by the New York Giants during the first round and together with them, he has got a total of 310 receptions for 5,000 yards and 38 touchdowns. This made him the fastest rookie to reach this figure in NFL history.
During 2014-2018, his first three seasons were out of this world. He was between the top of the two or three players in the NFL, but the only problem was that he didn’t last longer than that date due for injuries and drama.
Fletcher Cox was born on December 13, 1990. He went to the Yazoo City High School where he played football, basketball, and athletics. After a couple of years, Cox was graduated from Mississippi State where he played three seasons for the Bulldogs.
One of the smartest decisions of the Eagles in the past decade was moving up the draft order to select Cox in the first round of 2012. He has arrive to the Pro Bowl in each of the last five seasons and he was an All-Pro of the first team in 2018 after a record 10.5 sacks.
In his eight-year career, he has racked up 121 hits on the quarterback, 48 sacks and 62 tackles for loss.