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AFC East's best: No. 1 Tom Brady

By Tim Graham

BradyMugThe countdown of my top 25 AFC East players concludes right here ...

The choice

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is in the discussion for the single greatest player of all-time. He has won three Super Bowls and five conference championships. He's a seven-time Pro Bowler, including each of the past three years. He has been an All-Pro three times and became the first unanimous Associated Press MVP winner for 2010.

Brady is 21 yards shy of 40,000. He has completed 64 percent of his passes. He has thrown 300 touchdowns and just 115 interceptions.

Brady's regular-season record as a starter is an astounding 124-35. His .780 win percentage is the best, 34 points higher than Roger Staubach in second place. Brady is 16-6 in the postseason, putting him behind only Terry Bradshaw in win percentage (minimum 15 starts) and tying him with Joe Montana for the most wins.

His career 94.1 passer rating is fourth all-time. Only Brett Favre, Dan Marino, Peyton Manning and Fran Tarkenton have thrown more touchdowns. Brady's interception percentage of 2.2 is behind only Aaron Rodgers and Neil O'Donnell.

Fast fact

Brady's six touchdown passes against the Denver Broncos in last season's divisional round tied Daryle Lamonica and Steve Young for the NFL postseason record.

How acquired

Selected in the sixth round (199th overall) of the 2000 draft.

The list

1. Tom Brady, Patriots quarterback
2. Darrelle Revis, Jets cornerback
3. Rob Gronkowski, Patriots tight end
4. Nick Mangold, Jets center
5. Wes Welker, Patriots receiver
6. Mario Williams, Bills defensive end
7. Vince Wilfork, Patriots nose tackle
8. Jake Long, Dolphins left tackle
9. Logan Mankins, Patriots left guard
10. Cameron Wake, Dolphins outside linebacker
11. Fred Jackson, Bills running back
12. D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Jets left tackle
13. Kyle Williams, Bills defensive tackle
14. Sione Pouha, Jets defensive tackle
15. Jairus Byrd, Bills safety
16. Brandon Lloyd, Patriots receiver
17. Stevie Johnson, Bills receiver
18. Reggie Bush, Dolphins running back
19. Jerod Mayo, Patriots inside linebacker
20. Randy Starks, Dolphins defensive lineman
21. Sebastian Vollmer, Patriots right tackle
22. Aaron Hernandez, Patriots tight end
23. Marcell Dareus, Bills defensive tackle
24. Antonio Cromartie, Jets cornerback
25. Eric Wood, Bills center

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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