Indianapolis quarterback Peyton Manning walks off the field after the Colts were defeated by the New York Jets in the NFL playoffs.
You won't know who the best team in the NFL is for another two weeks. But I've already got my best team of former SEC players for the 2010 season.
It includes three players - quarterback Peyton Manning, offensive guard Alan Faneca and tight end Jason Witten - who already have had careers worthy of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It also includes two running backs, Arian Foster and Darren McFadden, who had breakout seasons at the pro level.
QB: Manning (Tennessee) of the Indianapolis Colts. Regarded as one of the game's all-time great quarterbacks, he finished second in the league in passing yards despite having his receiving corps decimated by injuries.
RB: Foster (UT) of the Houston Texans. Infamous for game-changing fumbles at UT, he made first-team all-pro after leading the NFL in rushing.
RB: McFadden (Arkansas) of the Oakland Raiders. The former Heisman Trophy runner-up rushed for 1,157 yards and caught 47 passes.
WR: Dwayne Bowe (LSU) of the Kansas City Chiefs. He made the Pro Bowl after catching 72 passes for 1,162 yards.
WR: Mike Wallace (Ole Miss) of the Pittsburgh Steelers. He averaged 21 yards per reception on 60 catches and has more than 2,000 receiving yards after only two NFL seasons.
TE: Witten (UT) of the Dallas Cowboys. The seven-time Pro Bowler has averaged 77 catches per year through eight NFL seasons after catching only 78 passes in his entire college career.
C: Maurkice Pouncey (Florida) of the Pittsburgh Steelers. He obviously knew what he was doing when he turned pro after his junior season. He won a starting job in preseason, made the Pro Bowl and is one victory away from the Super Bowl.
G: Faneca (LSU) of the Arizona Cardinals - The nine-time Pro Bowler has started all but six games in a 13-year career.
G: Ben Grubbs (Auburn) of the Baltimore Ravens. A first-round pick in 2007, he has started all but four games in four NFL seasons.
T: Chad Clifton (UT) of the Green Bay Packers. The two-time Pro Bowler is a former four-year starter for the Vols.
T: Jon Stinchcomb (Georgia) of the New Orleans Saints - The five-year starter was a Pro Bowler in 2009.
PK: John Kasay (Georgia) of the Carolina Panthers - He made 25 of 29 field-goal attempts, including three of four from 50 yards or further.
E: John Abraham (South Carolina) of the Atlanta Falcons - The 11-year veteran hasn't slowed down, as evidenced by his 13 sacks and fourth Pro Bowl selection.
E: Carlos Dunlap (Florida) of the Cincinnati Bengals - The first-round draft pick had 9.5 sacks as a rookie.
T: Richard Seymour (Georgia) of the Oakland Raiders - A six-time Pro Bowler in 10 NFL seasons, he tied his career-high with 36 tackles this season and also had 5.5 sacks.
T: Jay Ratliff (Auburn) of the Dallas Cowboys - The five-year starter was selected to his third consecutive Pro Bowl this season.
LB: Patrick Willis (Ole Miss) of the San Francisco 49ers. - He's averaging 148.5 tackles for his first four pro seasons and is in the conversation when you're talking about the best linebacker in the NFL.
LB: Jerod Mayo (UT) of the New England Patriots - Made first-team all-pro after leading the NFL in tackles in his third season.
LB: Kevin Burnett (UT) of the San Diego Chargers - The six-year NFL veteran had 90 tackles and six sacks while forcing two fumbles and intercepting two passes.
CB: Corey Webster (LSU) of the New York Giants - The former first-round draft pick had four interceptions and 52 tackles while usually covering the opposing team's best receiver.
CB: Joe Haden (Florida) of the Cleveland Browns - The seventh overall pick in the last draft played up to his billing with six interceptions and 64 tackles.
S: Eric Berry (UT) of the Kansas City Chiefs. Picked fifth overall, he had no more trouble making the transition from college to the NFL than he did the switch from high school to college, finishing the season with 92 tackles and four interceptions.
S: Ryan Clark (LSU) of the Pittsburgh Steelers. The nine-year NFL veteran had a career-high 90 tackles in the regular season, then forced a fumble and intercepted a pass in the Steelers' playoff victory over Baltimore.
P: Donnie Jones (LSU) of the St. Louis Rams - A seven-year NFL veteran, he averaged 45. 5 yards per punt.