Fred: Colin Kaepernick – As a 2nd year QB in a “Run First” offense, with at least 200 attempts, Kaepernick led the NFL in Yards-Per-Pass Attempt (8.3). With 63 rushing attempts, he averaged 6.6 yards a carry. He also had the 8th highest Passer Rating (98.3). He took over the offense mid-season and played as if he’d been the starter all along.
Kimani: Peyton Manning – In my opinion the greatest regular season quarterback of all time! We’re talking about a 4-time NFL regular season MVP (and missed out on a 5th this past season), 12-time Pro Bowler and a 6-time All-Pro. His name will definitely be amongst the top three in every major statistical record for a quarterback. He is known for being one of the smartest players at his position. He has his team as Super Bowl contenders every season (his teams have won their division in 9 of the last 10 seasons he’s been healthy). However, he gets punished for his playoff record. For his career Manning is 9-11 in the post-season. In eight of his twelve seasons where he’s made the postseason it’s been one and done!
JR: Robert Griffith III – The 2013 NFL Rookie of the year and the only rookie captain to ever be chosen by players on a Washington Redskins team. The Redskins have been one of the worst teams in the NFC for years and in his first season, RG3 transformed a losing franchise into one of the most electrified cities in the NFL. RG3 lead his team to a playoff berth after more than five losing seasons of which the Redskins suffered under the hands of Rex Grossman and Donovan McNabb. During the 2012-2013 NFL regular season, RG3 was among the top rated QBs in the NFL, he had the top selling football jersey (according to NFL.com), and he holds the record for the most rushing yards and rushing touchdowns by a QB in a regular season game. The Redskins finished with a seven-game win streak, atop of the NFC East, and clinched a playoff berth by defeating the Dallas Cowboys 28-18.
Adam: Tom Brady – I originally did not have him in my current top-3 but then decided he still belongs. He is 35 years old and a step slower, but the brain is still firing on all cylinders. He threw 34 TD against 8 interceptions in 2012 (334 TD and 123 interceptions career). He has a career passer rating of 96.6. He has been a player in five Super Bowls and winner of three (pesky Eli Manning). The Patriots were horrible for years before he showed up (not counting the Super Bowl when they got slaughtered by the Bears).
Kureen: Robert Griffin III – There’s a lot to be said about a player that wins the Heisman, picked second in the draft, called the savior of a storied franchise, comes in the league with a cool nickname and still exceeds expectations. That’s exactly what the Offensive Rookie of the Year Robert Griffin III, or “RG3” did. Known as a runner, he rushed for 815 with seven TDs but where he excelled is as a passer throwing for 3,200 yards, 20 TD and only 5 INTs completing 65.6% of his passes.
Rich: Tom Brady – it was tough to narrow down the top-3 but in my opinion Tom Brady makes the cut. He had yet another fantastic regular season (34 TDs with only 8 INTs) and was in the NFL MVP discussion for the majority of the season. He is getting older and the team around him seems to be having more issues than in past seasons, but Brady is still one of the best QBs in the league.
Sammie: Peyton Manning – Coming off of a possible career ending injury and making a move to become the Broncos quarterback and do it successfully was an amazing feat alone! Taking the Broncos to within one game of the Super Bowl and coming up short thanks to Champ Bailey giving it up all up and down the sidelines. Manning posted great numbers throwing for 17 touchdowns in the regular season. I look for Manning to become even better with a season back under his belt.