The countdown of the "Top 100 Players of 2015" on NFL Network revealed those on the list ranked in the Top 10 on Wednesday night, and Steelers' wide receiver Antonio Brown was ranked No. 8. This is the second time Brown made the list. He was ranked No. 23 in 2013.
Brown, who was selected to his third Pro Bowl this year, recorded at least one reception in 72 straight games in which he played, and set a single season team record with 129 receptions and 1,698 receiving yards in 2014 while leading the NFL in receiving.
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Brown, who won the Dapper Dan Sportsman of the Year Award, was also a 2014 All-NFL and All-AFC Selection by the Pro Football Writers of America. Brown was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Month for December and the Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance in Week 17 against Cincinnati.
"He's one of the best in the world at what he does," said Steelers' Coach Mike Tomlin during the season. "He is physically and mentally on top of his game, and when you have somebody who's playing like that, you step into a stadium and he's a known issue but still he performs. We say similar things about guys like J.J. Watt. We knew what he was capable of when we were getting ready to play the Houston Texans, but it still doesn't stop the storm from coming. Antonio is playing at that type of a level from a wide receiver standpoint, a J.J. Watt discussion kind of a level. I'm glad that he's on our team.
"He's physically and mentally tough. He is small yet combative. He has strong hands. He plays bigger than what he is. He has great short area quickness and top-end speed. He has good vision for run after the catch. He creates a lot of problems for you if he has space once he gets the ball to corral him. Our wide receivers coach, Richard Mann, says 'He's like a bug loose on a rug.' And that's a fair assessment."
This is the fifth straight year players have voted on the top 100 players in the NFL for a series that is currently airing on NFL Network. Running back Le'Veon Bell was ranked No. 16, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was ranked No. 26, while Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey was ranked No. 83.