Some of the popular sports around the world include sports like American football and ice hockey and each sport has their own stars.  Just like there are top 10 ice hockey players of the world, there are some stars in other popular sports too. American football, also called football in the United States of America is probably the most popular sport in that country followed by millions. Today let us take a look at the top players in the National Football League:

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10) Earl Thomas, FS, Seattle Seahawks

Earl Thomas is a 25-year-old American footballer who plays for the team Seattle Seahawks from the year 2010 in the NFL in the US. He became the highest free safety player in the league when he signed a four year contract for $ 40 million in April 2014. Earl Thomas attended the University of Texas, Austin. Football critics consider him the one of the best safety in the league.

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9) Richard Sherman, CB, Seattle Seahawks

Richard Sherman plays for the Seattle Seahawks as a cornerback. This 26 year old star has been with this team since 2011 and is regarded the best cornerback in the NFL. He is well known in the football circuit for his outspoken nature and skill on the field. In 2014, has signed a record $ 57 million contract extension for the next 4 years with his team.

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8) Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit Lions

Johnson plays for the Detroit Lions in the league as a wide receiver. He has been playing for this team since the year 2007. This 29-year-old player has played college football for Georgia Tech. He has signed a huge $132 million eight year contract extension in 2012, which in the football circles is considered one of the biggest.

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7) Luke Kuechly, MLB, Carolina Panthers

Luke Kuechly plays as a middle linebacker for his team Carolina Panthers since the year 2012. At Boston College he had been playing college football before he was drafted into this team. He has signed a four year $12.58 million contract in the year 2012 with this team and he also won the AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year award, being the youngest ever to do so.

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6) Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints

This Texas born middle linebacker plays for the New Orleans Saints team in the NFL since 2006. Before that, this talented quarterback was playing for the San Diego Chargers for four years. He also played college football for Purdue University before being drafted into the NFL.

Adrian Peterson

5) Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings

Peterson plays as a running back for his team, the Minnesota Vikings in the NFL from 2007, and was playing college football in Oklahoma. In the year 2007, Peterson signed a $ 40.5 million, six year contract with his team. In a controversial career, he was indicted for child abuse in September 2014.

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4) J.J. Watt, DE, Houston Texans

Watt plays as a defensive end in the American football for his team the Houston Texans. He was born in Wisconsin and played college football for the University of Wisconsin before being drafted into the NFL. In September 2014, Watt signed a six year $100 million contract extension with his team.

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3) Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots

Tom Brady plays as a quarterback for his team New England Patriots from the year 2000. He has also played college football for the University of Michigan. He signed a four-year $72 million contract in the year 2010 with his team, which was the highest. He was rated the best player in the NFL after the 2010 season.

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2) Peyton Manning, QB, Denver Broncos

Manning plays for the team Denver Broncos in the NFL as a quarterback. He has been with this team since 2012 and before that was playing for Indianapolis Colts for 14 seasons. He was voted the Most Valuable player in the league 5 times in his career. In the year 2012, Peyton Manning signed a whopping $96 million contract with the Broncos which would last for 5 years.

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1) Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers

Aaron Rodgers plays as quarterback for his team, the Green Bay Packers in the NFL since the year 2005. Before that Rodgers played college football for University of California, Berkeley. In the year 2013, Rodgers signed an incredible $110 million contract extension with the Packers, making him the highest paid player in the NFL history.