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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 18, 2006
Posted on: February 5, 2012 8:09 am

Rodgers wins MVP, Brees and Suggs get POY Awards

Totally agree.  Until Drew Brees become consistent outside of the Superdome, he will just be known as a good dome QB.  Take the Saints outside of the Superdome and they are an average football at best.  They play football like an arena football team in the dome, or any dome, but put the arena team on natural grass "the surface football was meant to be played on", and they can't execute.  I really don't like watching the Saints play football at home they really remind me of an arena football team and I know in the back of my head they cannot sustain that type of play anywhere else in the NFL. 

You  can't put Brees ahead of Aaron Rodgers, his numbers decrease significantly on the road and outside.   It was the easiest call of the year going into San Fransisco, I knew they wouldn't win.......

Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: February 5, 2012 2:14 am

Rodgers wins MVP, Brees and Suggs get POY Awards

13.9% of Rodgers passes were when GB were 17 or more points ahead (70 of 502 total) 
8.67% of Brees passes were when NO were 17 or more points ahead (50 of 657 total) 
66% of NOs plays when up by 17 or more were runs, compared to only 40% for GB. So who exactly is the team that likes to run up the score?

Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: February 5, 2012 2:07 am

Rodgers wins MVP, Brees and Suggs get POY Awards

Both were deserving Brees and Rodgers but numbers asside, Rogers had  the better season. Very efficient. Can't wait to see if he build off of this season.

Since: Jan 4, 2012
Posted on: February 5, 2012 2:00 am

Rodgers wins MVP, Brees and Suggs get POY Awards

Stupid comment. Who did Brees run the score up on? The Giants, now playing in the Super Bowl? (after once again beating GB on the vaunted tundra--did Rodgers play a really cold game this year?). The Lions, in the playoffs? The Falcons, another playoff team? Give me a break. Brees played against god's gift to defenses, SF, on their (outdoor) field, and put up 466 and damn near won the game after being down 17-0. Did you see Rodgers come close to that in a home game? Rodgers is a terrific player. I have no issue with him getting MVP. I have a big issue with the moronic "runs up stats", "only good indoors" bullshit. If our defense holds on for one play we get NY at home for the NFC championship and I guarantee you, every Giant, and every fan, knows we'd have handed them their ass.

Since: Sep 11, 2010
Posted on: February 5, 2012 1:56 am

Rodgers wins MVP, Brees and Suggs get POY Awards

As far as HOF voting, everything you need to know about the ridiculous process is right here in this article. One veteran hack scribe says he thought Parcells would get in, but he personally doesn't like him because he was mean to a lot of people.
Meanwhile, when Curtis Martin was asked who he'd have induct him, he said without hesitation, "Bill Parcells. He changed my life." Whose life has any of these fat slob football writers changed, except maybe their local donut makers??

The NFL HOF has officially jumped the shark; it can take it's place next to the NBA all-star game and the WWE hall of fame.

Since: Sep 11, 2010
Posted on: February 5, 2012 1:50 am

Rodgers wins MVP, Brees and Suggs get POY Awards

Is this April Fool's Day? Curtis Martin is in, but Cris Carter, Andre Reed and BILL PARCELLS aren't?? I guess it really is a popularity contest. Parcells must've scared so many of the voting reporters they almost passed up a third helping of the free press room buffet. Yeah, Parcells, he wasn't too good. Maybe they should do a re-vote on Vince Lombardi.
Also, I admit i assumed Harbaugh would win coach of the year. But how is it my personal pick, Detroit's Jim Schwartz, didn't get a SINGLE VOTE? He wasn't even in the top 3?? Of course the award always goes to a first year coach who turns around a team that's seen some lean years lately. (See Mora Jr., Jim...if you can find him.) I guess changing the ways and image of a club on a 60 year losing streak is easier than i thought.

Since: Jul 22, 2008
Posted on: February 5, 2012 1:43 am

Rodgers wins MVP, Brees and Suggs get POY Awards

Enjoy your MVP trophy Rodgers. You truly showed how valuable you are against the Giants. New York couldn't have asked for a better performance.
No, Rodgers showed how valuable a healthy Giants D-line is.

The MVP is a regular season award and it went to the right player.

Since: May 15, 2008
Posted on: February 5, 2012 1:41 am

Rodgers wins MVP, Brees and Suggs get POY Awards

Enjoy your MVP trophy Rodgers. You truly showed how valuable you are against the Giants. New York couldn't have asked for a better performance.

Since: Jul 6, 2007
Posted on: February 5, 2012 1:32 am

Rodgers wins MVP, Brees and Suggs get POY Awards

Get ride of the MVP.It is a joke in the ultimate team sport.

Since: Mar 15, 2009
Posted on: February 5, 2012 12:58 am

Rodgers wins MVP, Brees and Suggs get POY Awards

Drew Brees is a joke until he plays outdoors and can consistently put up those numbers. When he plays for a team like new england green bay or buffalo and puts up thise numbers then he deserves it. Brady put up nearly the exact same numbers and how many indoor games has he played this season?1. And it hasn't even been played yet. Brees is a joke as long as he plays in that glorified gym.

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