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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: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: February 5, 2012 10:37 am

Rodgers wins MVP, Brees and Suggs get POY Awards

Terrell Suggs deserved this DMVP award. He didn't lead in any category because our defense wasn't on the field as much as say, Minnesota (J Allen).

One team with 3 defensive MVP's on the Team. (Ed Reed, Ray Lewis, Terrell Suggs) That's defense!

Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: February 5, 2012 10:33 am

Rodgers wins MVP, Brees and Suggs get POY Awards

I never understood how one person could win MVP, but not also win either Defensive or (in Rodger's case) Offensive POY. If Player A is a better offensive player than Player B, and both only play on offense, then how do you give the MVP to Player B?

Since: Jan 6, 2012
Posted on: February 5, 2012 10:24 am

Rodgers wins MVP, Brees and Suggs get POY Awards

This is award show is a great idea that the NFL came up, ala Nascar, but to tie it into SB weekend was the key. Having the Pro Bowl the week before, then the award show and Super Bowl ties the season up in a nice gift package. Really really nice NFL.  MLB should learn a leson from this, draggng their awards out until mid November is a waste. The award winners deserve better. The NFL again gets it! 

Since: Jan 4, 2012
Posted on: February 5, 2012 10:17 am

Rodgers wins MVP, Brees and Suggs get POY Awards

Really, Erzsb, why in the world would you look for stats that refute bald unsupported opinions? 

Since: Mar 8, 2007
Posted on: February 5, 2012 10:10 am
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Since: Aug 13, 2007
Posted on: February 5, 2012 9:21 am

Rodgers wins MVP, Brees and Suggs get POY Awards

I can agree that Brees should have won MVP, but Eli noway he didnt have the numbers at all. Their Rbs held that team together. Dalton did just as good if not better then Eli, heck Brady did better then Eli...

Since: Jan 20, 2007
Posted on: February 5, 2012 9:12 am

Rodgers wins MVP, Brees and Suggs get POY Awards

Erzsb, I am humiliated for you.  Who in the world waste their time compiling those stats.  How embarrassing you took time to do that.

Since: Sep 3, 2007
Posted on: February 5, 2012 9:02 am

Rodgers wins MVP, Brees and Suggs get POY Awards

Does anyone remember Peyton Manning. How many MVP's did he win? Does he play in a dome? Matt Flynn plays the last game of the year and puts up ridiculous #'s with the same offense. Drew Brees gets screwed again, he's the man. Breaks Dan Marion's passing record, breaks his own complete % and is on pace to break Jonnhy U. consecutive TD per game record. Come On Man, give the guy his due.....

Since: Sep 3, 2011
Posted on: February 5, 2012 8:53 am

Rodgers wins MVP, Brees and Suggs get POY Awards

After today,most of the league will wish they held the voting for League MVP, until after The only player named Manning still playing wins his second Lombardi Trodhy and is named Super Bowl MVP.After all he came within 100 yds of breaking Marino's ancient QB record.he beat Rogers just a couple of weeks ago,and has started every down along with holding the team together in spite of so many injuries to the entiire team.My MVP is Eli Manning.LOOK OUT NE ELI IS COMING!!!!!!

Since: Feb 27, 2008
Posted on: February 5, 2012 8:51 am

Rodgers wins MVP, Brees and Suggs get POY Awards

It was the easiest call of the year going into San Fransisco, I knew they wouldn't win......
Really Ravens2007?  They almost won... twice... with 5 turnovers.  And besides, that offense was able to move the ball late in the game and score TDs against one of the so-called "Best Defenses in the NFL".  Tell me how awful they were then outside a dome.  The Saints lost because of the turnovers and because they had no answer for Vernon Davis.  He's the real Saints killer.   Not the significant decrease in Brees' numbers.  I agree that they had been a bad road team in 2011, but this statement you made is just DUMB!

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