NFL concludes great regular season

It's been a season of breakout players and great teams, and we haven't even hit the playoffs yet.

Updated: December 31, 2004, 2:58 PM ET
By Sean Salisbury | ESPN Insider
It's the end of the year and I want to say thanks to all the players of the NFL – even the ones I've criticized this season.

This season has been truly remarkable, as great players like Peyton Manning have stepped up their play to the elite level. We should thank players like San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates, who break out to have truly remarkable seasons.

Ben Roethlisberger
APWe should thankful for the great season Ben Roethlisberger has had.
Young players like Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed and Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger should be thanked for showing the future of the NFL is secure in the hands of great players.