Ray, Ed and J.O. make The Sporting News' team of the decade

The latest issue of The Sporting News includes a 14-page tribute to the players, coaches and teams of the 2000s. Linebacker Ray Lewis, free safety Ed Reed and former offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden made the team of the decade. Lorenzo Neal, who played fullback for the Ravens in 2008, was also named to the team. Here are the honorees in the NFL:

Athlete of the decade: Peyton Manning, Colts QB, over Tom Brady, Patriots QB


Coach of the decade: Bill Belichick, Patriots

Team of the decade: Patriots

Game of the decade: Super Bowl 42: Giants 17, Patriots 14

All-decade team offense: WR Marvin Harrison and Randy Moss; T Walter Jones and Jonathan Ogden; G Alan Faneca and Steve Hutchinson; C Jeff Saturday; TE Tony Gonzalez; QB Peyton Manning; FB Lorenzo Neal; RB LaDainian Tomlinson

All-decade team defense: DE Michael Strahan and Jason Taylor; DT Richard Seymour and Casey Hampton; OLB Derrick Brooks and Joey Porter; MLB Ray Lewis; CB Champ Bailey and Ronde Barber; S Brian Dawkins and Ed Reed.

All-decade team specialists: K Adam Vinatieri; P Shane Lechler; KR Dante Hall; PR Devin Hester

Executive of the decade: Scott Pioli, Patriots vice president of player personnel from 2000-08