Regardless of the level, football is the ultimate team sport. However, it’s also nearly impossible to be successful without at least one or two premier players. This is especially true in the National Football League.
You can usually identify the best players in the NFL by simply looking at salary cap numbers. That’s not always the case, but in theory, the best players in the league should make the most money.
Another way to identify elite players is by looking at All-Pro teams and at which players get the most media coverage. Being named to an All-Pro team speaks volumes about a player’s ability, and as we all know, the media spotlight shines the brightest on the best players in the game.
Salary cap figures are the most straightforward way of placing a quantifiable value on a player. However, when it comes to measuring a player’s actual value to his team (i.e. how good the team would be without him), things get dicier. When it comes to the most irreplaceable player, one stands out from the rest: Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller.