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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, CBSSports.com)
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, CBSSports.com)

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

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Since: Nov 5, 2007
Posted on: February 5, 2012 12:58 pm
 

Rodgers wins MVP, Brees and Suggs get POY Awards

Brees is way too short to earn this award - and that's why Kellen Moore shouldn't be drafted...



Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: February 5, 2012 12:46 pm
 

Rodgers wins MVP, Brees and Suggs get POY Awards

I can not believe Cam Newton got up there and thanked Chris Weinke and not Warren Moon. Warren Moon had more to do with his development than anyone else and should have been the headline for Cams thanks.



Since: Feb 26, 2008
Posted on: February 5, 2012 12:44 pm
 

Rodgers wins MVP, Brees and Suggs get POY Awards

the nfl is really going hollywood w/ that "honors" show.


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Since: May 19, 2010
Posted on: February 5, 2012 12:19 pm
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Since: Jan 12, 2010
Posted on: February 5, 2012 12:17 pm
 

Rodgers wins MVP, Brees and Suggs get POY Awards

Rodgers is THE MOST VALUABLE PLAYER??..Really???...Hmmmm....

Rodgers missed one start. His backup QB, Flynn, came in and set GB individual game records for most passing yards and touchdowns....Hmmmm..... So why isnt Flynn starting??..Just how VALUaBLE does that game make Rodgers look???..Usually, when a starting QB misses a game, the offense misses a beat.. Look at Indy..Manning goes down, one of the most explosive offenses year after year cant even move the damn ball or get a win...Manning means a lot to that team.. The Bears were rolling with Cutler, he goes down, Bears fall apart. Cutler means a lot to that team. Rodgers sits a game, and Flynn goes out and outperforms Rodgers, and even puts up better numbers than BRETT FAVRE EVER DID IN A PACKER UNIFORM...How VALUABLE does that make Rodgers??..To me, seems like GB could play better without him, unless numbers lie.. Why isnt Flynn playing???..Dont tell me it was a fluke performance..Guy put up better numbers than Rodgers or Favre or Starr ever did in a game!!..That GB offense is a super PASS FRIENDLY offense..Rodgers isnt valuable, he just gets the credit. He goes down, THE OFFENSE PLAYS BETTER...How is that valuable??



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: February 5, 2012 12:07 pm
 

Rodgers wins MVP, Brees and Suggs get POY Awards

Is it possible that Flynn is simply a diamond in the rough?  An extremely good QB who has yet to prove that he can outperform all other QB's in the league?
You're discounting this fact entirely.
And again, MVP does not indicate the MVP of a team.  It means MVP of the league.  That usually comes with great statistics, victories, and other factors that the election committee needs to consider.
Statistically Rodgers had the better season.  He didn't throw for the most yards but that is only because he didn't play as often as the other QB's.
Had he played the whole game, every game, he would have the most yards by far this year.  He simply lit it up this year.



Since: Apr 14, 2009
Posted on: February 5, 2012 12:07 pm
 

Rodgers wins MVP, Brees and Suggs get POY Awards

How is it that Aldon Smith doesn't win over Von Miller? Congrats to Jim H! Can't wait to see what happens with a full offseason to work with his team.



Since: Apr 14, 2009
Posted on: February 5, 2012 12:07 pm
 

Rodgers wins MVP, Brees and Suggs get POY Awards

How is it that Aldon Smith doesn't win over Von Miller? Congrats to Jim H! Can't wait to see what happens with a full offseason to work with his team.



Since: Jan 12, 2010
Posted on: February 5, 2012 12:06 pm
 

Rodgers wins MVP, Brees and Suggs get POY Awards

Rodgers IS NOT THE MOST VALUABLE PLAYER IN THE NFL.

HIS BACKUP QUARTERBACK THREW FOR MORE YARDS AND TDS IN A GAME THAN ANY OTHER PACKER IN HISTORY. THAT IS AN AMAZING OFFENSIVE SYSTEM..FLYNN CAME IN AND WAS BETTER THAN RODGERS HAD BEEN IN ANY OTHER GAME. PASSING FRIENDLY OFFENSE.

Im not a Rodgers hater, could care less really who wins MVP.. But Brady or Brees should have been MVP. Like I said, Flynn started one game for GB, and he put up way better numbers than Rodgers didd in any game, or EVEN BRETT FAVRE, did. So why shouldnt Flynn start???..And how does that record setting game for Flynn make Rodgers look?..Valuable??..Not so much. Look at the Bears..Rolling, NFC favorites when Cutler was hot. Then he got hurt, and the team fell apart. Shows how VALUABLE he was. Cuz Hanie came in and sucked... I would sit here and argue that even a guy like Cutler is more VALUABLE to his team. Packers didnt miss a beat without Rodgers, other teams fall apart when they lose their QB. If we're talking best offensive player, give it to Rodgers because of those numbers.. But when talking VALUE, he is not the most valuable to his team.



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