Will Aaron Rodgers Be Named NFL MVP?

MVP: The case for Aaron Rodgers - Shutdown Corner - NFL Blog - Yahoo! Sports. As great as it was to see Matt Flynn outplay Aaron Rodgers against the Lions, it might have hurt the MVP case for Rodgers. Any quarterback can have a big game with the Green Bay Packers! Not really, but you get the point.

Rodgers should be MVP because he had a great individual season, he was a great team leader, and the Packers went 14-1 in games that he started.

He shouldn't be MVP because Drew Brees and Tom Brady each had great seasons too. Brees broke Marino's record. The Patriots went 13-3 in games started by Brady, and he led his team to the top seed in the AFC. Both quarterbacks also started all 16 games (compared to 15 for Rodgers) which should help their stats. Yes, that shouldn't matter, but I'm speculating about the thinking of sports writers who vote for the MVP.

In the end, I don't care.

Matt Ryan made the Pro Bowl ahead of Rodgers, but the Packers beat the Falcons. Clay Matthews lost the vote last year to Troy Polamalu, but the Packers beat the Steelers. It's not a zero sum equation. Players can win awards and the Packers can win the Super Bowl. But awards are a subjective contest, much like trying to understand the BCS in college football, and they don't change the fact that I wouldn't trade Rodgers for any other player. Or that every other accomplishment this season is a distant second to winning another championship.

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