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Rodgers wins MVP, Brees and Suggs get POY Awards

Posted on: February 4, 2012 6:39 pm
Edited on: February 5, 2012 12:02 pm
Your 2012 NFL MVP is Rodgers. (Ryan Wilson,
By Will Brinson

INDIANAPOLIS -- Aaron Rodgers won the 2012 NFL MVP Award on Saturday night with Peyton Manning presenting him the hardware at the first-ever NFL Honors awards in Indy, the night before the Super Bowl.

"Looking forward to seeing you on the field again," Rodgers said as Peyton walked off the stage, before thanking his teammates and fans.

Rodgers was in a close race with Drew Brees for MVP late in the season but blew away the Saints quarterback in the voting, as he received 48 of a possible 50 first-place votes.

Brees got the consolation prize of winning the AP Offensive Player of the Year Award on Saturday night in a season where he broke Dan Marino's record for passing yards in a single season, throwing for 5,676 yards and a record-setting 468 completions. Brees received 43 votes for the award.

"Some pretty remarkable things happened that we were all lucky to be a part of," Brees said, reminiscing about his season. "The older you get the more you appreciate the opportunities and the moments."

The Ravens Terrell Suggs landed the award for Defensive Player of the Year Suggs, also known as T-Sizzle, delivered the funniest line of the night during his acceptance speech.

"I want to thank my parents for deciding to go through with it," Suggs said.
Newton is the NFL's rookie of the year. (Ryan Wilson,

Cam Newton, the Panthers star quarterback, was the first award-winner at the first-ever NFL Honors ceremony, netting the AP Rookie of the Year Award in Indianapolis at the Super Bowl. He also won the Pepsi Rookie of the Year Award, voted on by fans. Broncos linebacker Von Miller won the AP Defensive Rookie of the Year.

Newton received 47 of 50 votes from AP voters; Miller received 39 of 50 possible votes. Andy Dalton and Aldon Smith were the respective runner-ups.

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"Even with the lockout, that still didn't stop my process for preparing for the NFL," Newton said. "Whether it with Chris Weinke, George Whitfield, IMG -- everyone had a major role in the success I had this year."

Miller recorded 11.5 sacks with the Broncos and helped lead them to a shocking AFC West division title. Newton broke a number of different records, throwing for the most passing yards (4,051) by a rookie in NFL history, breaking the mark that Peyton Manning set in 1998. Newton also set the record for most rushing touchdowns by any quarterback, scoring 14 times on the ground.

Jim Harbaugh led the 49ers to a 13-3 record and garnered 45 of 50 votes for the AP Coach of the Year Award. Mike McCarthy netted three votes and Denver's John Fox received two.

Matthew Stafford received 21 of 50 votes in winning the AP Comeback Player of the Year Award. The presumed favorite, Alex Smith, only finished third.

Ravens center Matt Birk was named the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year.

"This award is not about the recipient, but rather a celebration of the decades-long tradition of NFL players using their unique platform to touch lives and make a positive impact in the communities in which they work and live," Birk said.

He wouldn't comment on whether or not he would return to play again in 2012.

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Since: Aug 31, 2008
Posted on: February 5, 2012 4:09 pm

Rodgers wins MVP, Brees and Suggs get POY Awards

Rogers is a pickle smoocher.

Since: Oct 22, 2008
Posted on: February 5, 2012 4:06 pm

Rodgers wins MVP, Brees and Suggs get POY Awards

The best part of the awards is reading the whining by ignorant fans afterward.
Jared Allen...DPOY?  They won four games...Ravens won 12...'nuff said.

Since: Jan 16, 2012
Posted on: February 5, 2012 3:35 pm

Rodgers wins MVP, Brees and Suggs get POY Awards

The "best" part of this awards ceremony is all the "Players of the Year" were available because none of them are in the Superbowl.  These awards mean nothing.  The champions of the league are not determoned by the accumulation of awards and Probowl votes.  I also cannot stand Cam Newton for some reason, well....the main reason being he is so full of himself.  He actually said the phrase "my success" in his speech.  Couple that with his comments about bringing his winning attitude to Carolina and how he "came to a team that was ok with losing."  He already reeks of locker room cancer.

Since: Apr 12, 2007
Posted on: February 5, 2012 3:10 pm

Rodgers wins MVP, Brees and Suggs get POY Awards

How does Rodgers win MVP but not Offensive POY? Jared Allen got hosed.

Since: Oct 10, 2010
Posted on: February 5, 2012 2:46 pm

Rodgers wins MVP, Brees and Suggs get POY Awards

We all know that Jared Allen should of been the Defensive Player of the Year. Just because he was on a bad team this year that takes him out of the equation.  Its too bad he didn't get that last Sack to hold the record then he would of definitly been named,  so 1 Sack made the difference this year thats too bad for Jared the (Best Defensive player in the NFL!!!!!!  IMO)

Since: Aug 13, 2007
Posted on: February 5, 2012 1:54 pm

Rodgers wins MVP, Brees and Suggs get POY Awards

Drew Brees sat out just as many fourth quarters as Rodgers did, so NO Rodgers would not have thrown for more yards than Brees.  Brees played in his final as Rodgers did not, but Brees threw for 833 more yards than Rodgers did.  Rodgers numbers were sliding in the last couple of weeks, Rodgers just played real well at the beginning of the season.  I am a Saints fan, and I am to taking anything away from Rodgers, he won the award. Congratulations just do not make comments that are not true.

Since: Oct 25, 2010
Posted on: February 5, 2012 1:35 pm

Rodgers wins MVP, Brees and Suggs get POY Awards


You might have  just wrote the dumbest post i have ever read nice argument take away everything rodgers did because flynn lit up the f-ing lions.  Think before you speak dumbass, never mind that rodgers lit up everybody else all year.  Oh i just looked you are a bear fan enough said i would just worry about your shit team and sissy qb

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: February 5, 2012 1:30 pm

Rodgers wins MVP, Brees and Suggs get POY Awards

how did the ravens end up with suggs? ed reed and the gooddefensive guywere already there. the ravens picked near the bottom of the draft. its schockingthat a player that good would end up with the ravens.

Since: Dec 9, 2006
Posted on: February 5, 2012 1:04 pm

Rodgers wins MVP, Brees and Suggs get POY Awards

First off, let me state the obvious by saying Saint fans are nothing but whiners. Secondly, just because Matt Flynn had a good game replacing Rodgers doesn't eliminate what Rodgers did this season. He threw 45 touchdown compared to only 6 interceptions and was by far the more consistent quarterback as Brees didn't come alive until the last couple weeks of the season. And yes Rodgers does benefit from an great offensive system, as does Drew Brees. If you Saint fans had a clue about what you are saying, you would know that every quarterback in the NFL plays in an system and some excel because of it.

So instead of whining and complaining, just accept the fact that Rodgers won and Brees lost.

Since: Feb 5, 2012
Posted on: February 5, 2012 1:02 pm

Rodgers wins MVP, Brees and Suggs get POY Awards

Congrats to all winners!

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