If Patriots fans needed any validation that Tom Brady is one of the 10 best players in the NFL, here it is.
The NFL Network revealed the top 10 players for its "Top 100" countdown on Monday, and Brady made the list.
The official order of the list will be revealed Thursday at 8 p.m. on the show's two-hour season finale.
Brady joins a list that includes Clavin Johnson, Peyton Manning, Von Miller, Arian Foster, J.J. Watt, Adrian Peterson, Aaron Rodgers, Aldon Smith and Patrick Willis.
Brady has made the top 10 in all three years on the show's running, finishing No. 1 in 2011 and No. 4 in 2012. He joins fellow Patriots Rob Gronkowski [No. 25], Vince Wilfork [No. 30], Aaron Hernandez [No. 77] and Logan Mankins [No. 82] on the 2013 list.