Cutting through all the greatness, here are the 26 men who most deserve the honors of being the best at their positions over the past 10 years.Sporting News’ NFL all-decade team: OffenseQB: Tom Brady, PatriotsPro Bowls: 9 | First-team All-Pros: 2 | Super Bowl wins: 3 | MVPs: 2Whether it’s the magic of the TB12 method or Brady adjusting his game to new surroundings at a level never seen before, he was rejuvenated in his 30s and into his 40s. He doubled his ring collection and went from among the top-five quarterback greats to unquestioned GOAT.RB: LeSean McCoy, Eagles, Bills and ChiefsPro Bowls: 6 | First-team All-Pros: 3McCoy has rushed for 11,071 yards and 73 touchdowns since 2010 during his time with three teams. He has added 3,797 yards receiving with 16 more scores. He is a top-25 all-time NFL rusher now playing into his 30s.RB: Adrian Peterson, Vikings, Saints, Cardinals, RedskinsPro Bowls: 4 | First-team All-Pros: 2Peterson keeps climbing the all-time rushing list at age 34, proving to be an age- and injury-defying freak of nature. He has rushed for most of his career 14,102 rushing yards since 2010 and recently passed Curtis Martin for No. 5 all-time. He also has delivered 72 rushing TDs in the decade with really only seven full seasons.WR: Julio Jones, FalconsPro Bowls: 6 | First-team All-Pros: 2Since being drafted into the league in 2011, Jones has been a dominant, often uncoverable force with his combination of size (6-3, 220), strength and speed. Mostly durable to play through all kinds of minor injuries, he’s racked up 11,881 receiving yards and 57 receiving TDs, twice leading the league in yardage.WR: Antonio Brown, Steelers and PatriotsPro Bowls: 7 | First-team All-Pros: 4Brown’s career might be over after it spanned the entire decade. During the best days with the Steelers, he was a steal of sixth-round draft pick in 2010. In only a little more than nine seasons, Brown posted 11,263 receiving yards and 75 TDs.TE: Rob Gronkowski, PatriotsPro Bowls: 5 | First-team All-Pros: 4 | Super Bowl wins: 3Whether or not Gronk decides to unretire and return in either 2020 or beyond, his legacy as arguably the best all-around tight end ever is cemented. From 2010 through 2018, he posted 7,861 yards and 79 TDs in only 115 regular-season games while also dominating as a blocker.OT: Joe Thomas, BrownsPro Bowls: 5 | First-team All-Pros: 5Thomas (6-6, 312 pounds) was a rock for the Browns’ blind side from when he was a first-rounder in 2007 through his retirement in 2017. He gave everything he could as a pass protector and run blocker, and he did it as a class act all the way in Cleveland.OT: Tyron Smith, CowboysPro Bowls: 6 | First-team All-Pros: 2Smith (6-5, 320 pounds) was the literal first cornerstone piece of the Cowboys’ offensive line rebuild, which has turned to the foundation for their running and pass success over the decade. He is still only 28 with many more great years ahead.G: Marshal Yanda, RavensPro Bowls: 7 | First-team All-Pros: 2 | Super Bowl wins: 1Yanda (6-3, 305 pounds) keeps playing well as a 35-year-old finishing his 13th season. He has been key to their run blocking over the years and a stable force in keeping the rest of the unit together through several changes.G: Zack Martin, CowboysPro Bowls: 5 | First-team All-Pros: 3Martin (6-4, 315 pounds) easily made this list despite playing only six of the 10 seasons of the decade. He has been the powerful interior force who plays through every injury and is consistent in creating his athletic push for the running and passing games.C: Maurkice Pouncey, SteelersPro Bowls: 7 | First-team All-Pros: 2Pouncey (6-4, 304 pounds) has been the anchor for many strong Steelers lines in the Mike Tomlin era since 2010. He is the guy who makes the line calls and gets everything to work so well up front, reliable for his quarterbacks and his power runners alike.Sporting News’ NFL all-decade team: DefenseDT: Aaron Donald, RamsPro Bowls: 5 | First-team All-Pros: 4 | Defensive Player of the Year Awards: 2Donald (6-1, 280 pounds) isn’t the biggest guy for his disruptive interior position, but he packs power with amazing athleticism for that size. Playing since 2014 was good enough for him to make this list with 70.5 sacks in 92 games.DT: Geno Atkins, BengalsPro Bowls: 7 | First-team All-Pros: 2Atkins (6-1, 300 pounds) is one of the most underrated players of the past decade. Not anymore with this mention, celebrating his run stuffing and inside pass rushing (75.5 sacks in 151 games).DE: J.J. Watt, Texans Pro Bowls: 5 | First-team All-Pros: 5 | Defensive Player of the Year Awards: 3With his latest major injury at age 30, this could be it for Watt, but he is worthy now to be mentioned with the best defensive players ever at any position. The 6-5, 288-pounder was the king of sacks, swats and blowing up run plays with 96 sacks in 112 games, despite having played only six full seasons.DE: Calais Campbell, Cardinals and JaguarsPro Bowls: 4 | First-team All-Pros: 1Campbell has incredible size (6-8, 300 pounds) for the position and he has excelled in both 3-4 and 4-3 schemes. He got a lot more attention in his 30s for his marquee dominance in Jacksonville. In addition to wreaking havoc against the run, he has 81 sacks since 2010.EDGE: Von Miller, BroncosPro Bowls: 7 | First-team All-Pros: 3 | Super Bowl wins: 1Miller, in the same 2011 draft class as Watt, has 105 sacks in his 133 career games. He may have slowed down a little in 2019, but he is as consistent as they come in going after and dropping quarterbacks. EDGE: Khalil Mack, Raiders and BearsPro Bowls: 4 | First-team All-Pros: 3 | Defensive Player of the Year awards: 1He also needed only six seasons to make the cut, as he has been exceptional at both end and outside linebacker in his six-year career. Mack (6-3, 269 pounds) is great at getting to the quarterback (60.5 sacks in 92 games), but he cleans up against the run, too and is athletic enough to drop into coverage.LB: Bobby Wagner, SeahawksPro Bowls: 5 | First-team All-Pros: 4 | Super Bowl wins: 1The Legion of Boom is gone, but Wagner (6-0, 242) lingers as the linchpin of Pete Carroll’s defense and the other steal of the 2012 draft after quarterback Russell Wilson. Wagner is not only a playmaking machine (1,120 tackles with 18.5 sacks and 10 INTs in eight seasons) but he also is an indispensable on-field leader.LB: Luke Kuechly, PanthersPro Bowls: 6 | First-team All-Pros: 5 | Defensive Player of the Year awards: 1Kuechly (6-3, 238 pounds) is the prototypical modern linebacker because he is great at flying upfield to make tackles (1,108 with 12.5 sacks in eight seasons) and also covering backs and tight ends downfield (18 INTs, 65 passes defended). He is the glue of the entire defense.CB: Patrick Peterson, CardinalsPro Bowls: 8 | First-team All-Pros: 3He is yet another first-round pick from the great draft class of 2011. At 6-1, 203 pounds, Peterson has used his size as well as his speed to be a shutdown corner during his best days. He has 25 interceptions and 81 passes defended as one of the most durable and consistent cover men at the position.CB: Darrelle Revis, Jets, Buccaneers, Patriots and ChiefsPro Bowls: 3 | First-team All-Pros: 3 | Super Bowl wins: 1It was tough to find the second corner but the retired Revis (5-11, 198 pounds) had to be the choice. He had 15 of his 29 career interceptions in the decade. Before he faded hitting 30, he was worthy of the “Revis Island” nickname for how he isolated and shut down opponents’ best wide receivers.S: Earl Thomas, Seahawks and RavensPro Bowls: 6 | First-team All-Pros: 3 | Super Bowl wins: 1Thomas (5-10, 202) is the ultimate playmaker at the position with great range and ball skills. He has 30 interceptions, 71 passes defended and 729 tackles in 10 years. He was the Legion of Boom member with the most complete resume to make the cut.S: Eric Weddle, Chargers, Ravens and RamsPro Bowls: 6 | First-team All-Pros: 2The bearded maven has been as intimidating as he looks with his mighty 5-11, 195-pound frame. Twenty five of his career 29 interceptions have come in the decade, along with 6 sacks and 887 tackles. He also has been a well-respected leader in all three stops.Sporting News’ NFL all-decade team: Special teamsK: Justin Tucker, Ravens Pro Bowls: 2 | First-team All-Pros: 3 | Super Bowl wins: 1Tucker is a consummate pro, having made 90.6 percent of his career field-goal attempts (260-of-287) and has missed only three career extra-point attempts (292 of 295). He has great range and consistently makes clutch kicks, regardless of weather.P: Johnny Hekker, Rams The NFL has had 10 fine decades of existence. The one that’s just finishing, between 2010 and 2019, produced some of the greatest players to ever play the game across all positions.Football has never been faster with so many explosive athletes. It also has become smarter with so many cerebral, hard-working performers on both sides of the ball. Only a select few players, however, can make the cut for Sporting News’ latest NFL all-decade team. Pro Bowls: 4 | First-team All-Pros: 4The Rams have had ace special teams for a long time, and he is a big reason why. Hekker has averaged 47.1 yards per punt with an impressive 43.4 net yards and has dropped 229 of his 590 career punts inside the 20.KR/PR: Devin Hester, Bears and FalconsPro Bowls: 2 | First-team All-Pro: 1″Devin Hester you are ridiculous!” should be his epithet. During his last four years with the Bears, he had 7 of his 19 career return TDs, and he led the league in kickoff return yardage in both 2013 and 2014.