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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: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: February 5, 2012 12:55 am

Rodgers wins MVP, Brees and Suggs get POY Awards

kind of an empty award for a guy that wants to win, and he is not in the superbowl. happens to the best of them.

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: February 5, 2012 12:44 am

Rodgers wins MVP, Brees and Suggs get POY Awards

Rodgers also sat out the final game of the season and he came out in mop up time once or twice hence the 150 more attempts doesnt look like that much when you look inside the numbers........ Also Matt Flynn coming in and throwing for 6 TDS and 480 yards IMO takes away from what Rodgers did all year bc it makes it seem as though the system they played in played a big part and the award is most valuable player could Chase Daniel come in and do for the Saints what Drew Brees does Rodgers backup came in and threw just as well as he did all year so being the award is supposed to go to the player that is most valuable to his team that is clearly Brees another case of the press not knowing what they are doing when it comes to voting...... T Suggs disappeared the last 5 games of the season and in the Playoffs he didnt deserve that award either Jason Pierre Paul deserved it way more than t suggs these awards voters need to be replaced with people that know what they are looking at when they vote

Since: Sep 24, 2008
Posted on: February 5, 2012 12:43 am

Rodgers wins MVP, Brees and Suggs get POY Awards

Jump on Board the Cam Newton Bandwagon and hold on.  The ride is about 15 more seasons.

It may take him that long to get win #50.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: February 5, 2012 12:40 am

Rodgers wins MVP, Brees and Suggs get POY Awards

meant to say Matt Flynn was Rodgers' backup, not Matt Ryan.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: February 5, 2012 12:39 am

Rodgers wins MVP, Brees and Suggs get POY Awards

Aaron Rodgers had a better year than Drew Brees and the Packers had a better (regular) season than the Saints. For one, Rodgers plays the vast majority of his games outdoors and in Lambeau Field where the conditions are not always the best. Much easier to function indoors where Brees played at home and in Atlanta, among others. Rodgers got his stats in 15 games and Brees in 16 as Rodgers sat out the entire last game of the season against Detroit where his backup Matt Ryan threw six TDs against an awful Lions secondary.

Since: May 2, 2010
Posted on: February 5, 2012 12:19 am

Rodgers wins MVP, Brees and Suggs get POY Awards

By the way.. where was Tom Brady in the voting?? He too broke Dan Marino's passing record and lead the Pats to a 13-3 record with a defense that was supposedly the worst in the NFL.
I mean.. hello?? It was ALL on him to win those games.

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 5, 2012 12:18 am

Rodgers wins MVP, Brees and Suggs get POY Awards

I'm really not sure why Brees didn't get the MVP. If Rodgers is the MVP then how is he not the offensive player of the year, too? We all know the arguments for Brees: he broke almost every important single season passing record this season. Statistically no QB has ever had a better season. So Rodgers gets the MVP for the two more wins his team had than Brees' team? The sum of all of these parts makes no sense. The voters decided around week 6 or 7 that Rodgers was the MVP, and here we are. I mean no disrespect to Aaron Rodgers. He had a great season, but I feel like Brees had a better one.

Since: Oct 17, 2009
Posted on: February 5, 2012 12:16 am

Rodgers wins MVP, Brees and Suggs get POY Awards

bluegray213 what an idiotic thing to say.  The only reason Green Bay achieved the success they did was because they ran the ARENA LEAGUE mentality offense.  Same as the Saints.  Load up on offensive weapons and just flat out outscore the other team.  Reminds me of the days of Loyola-Marymount basketball teams of the late 80's.  The hell with Defense.  

THE ONLY REASON Rodgers got the MVP was because the MEDIA had been blowing Rodgers all season.  Bottom line, Brees was a better QB and has been far longer then pretty boy Aaron Rodgers.   It showed Rodgers is only a piece of the puzzle for GB.  M. Flynn stepped in and preformed better than Rodgers did.   Take Drew Brees out of N.O. and I can guarantee they wouldn't be nearly as prolific.  Brees is BY FAR a more dangerous QB the Rodgers is. 

Jump on Board the Cam Newton Bandwagon and hold on.  The ride is about 15 more seasons.

Since: May 2, 2010
Posted on: February 5, 2012 12:12 am

Rodgers wins MVP, Brees and Suggs get POY Awards

Look Brees had 150 more passing attempts than Rodgers, that is a lot.
Yep, that is a lot.


Your point??

You're going to knock Drew Brees because he threw more? How can you knock a guy that threw more?
That's the Saints game plan. Bottom line, his stats were better. Doesn't matter how many pass attempts he has. What matters is what he DID with those pass attempts.
For having 150 more pass attempts, he sure did have a better completion percentage, a stat that usually drops the more attempts you have.

I don't dislike Rodgers and I'm not a fan of Brees, but my point is, this should not have been a runaway vote the way it was. Of 50 possible first place votes, it should have been at least 30-20 or closer. Not 48-2. WOW

Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: February 5, 2012 12:04 am

Rodgers wins MVP, Brees and Suggs get POY Awards

Well unfortunately for Brees, they took the vote on the road and not in the Superdome, so he just couldn't perform.

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