LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 13: NFL player Aaron Rodgers arrives at The 2011 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 13, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Brees wins FedEx Air Player of the Year - NFC South Blog - ESPN. And then Pat Yasinskas notes that "but I’m pretty sure we’re going to hear Saturday night that Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers is the Associated Press Most Valuable Player." Of course everyone was expecting last year that Clay Matthews would be named Defensive Player of the Year right up until Troy Polamalu won it.
It was a great season for quarterbacks in general, but Rodgers was the best in passer rating, yards per attempt, and he had an awesome 45:6 TD to INT ratio. The most important stat might be his 14-1 regular season record as a starter. It's a team game and a team's win-loss record isn't dependent on one individual, but sportswriters (i.e. the voters) love quarterbacks that just know how to win. It's a great honor, but I'd have rather have seen him snubbed for the Pro Bowl and go onto win the Super Bowl MVP on Sunday, as he was last season.
He'd be the first MVP for the Packers since Brett Favre won it in three consecutive years (1995-1997). Before him, the last Packer to be named MVP was Bart Starr in 1966, and the last non-quarterbacks to win the award for the Packers were Paul Hornung in 1961 and Jim Taylor in 1962. That is some elite company.