Even more surprising was the love given to Cowboys rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott, who received six votes. He was right there with Brady in terms of votes and lost one because Dak Prescott received a single vote (that could have, obviously, gone to Elliott).
The real stunner in all of this? Elliott beat out Aaron Rodgers for votes.
MVP votes— Gregg Rosenthal (@greggrosenthal) February 5, 2017
Rodgers was a guy that people were pumping up to win the award. After the Packers fell to 4-6, Rodgers said he believed Green Bay could "run the table" and he wasn't kidding. The Packers would rip off six straight wins to close out the season, beating the Lions in Week 17 to secure the NFC North title.
He had a fantastic season, completing more than 65 percent of his passes, throwing for 4,428 yards and leading the league with 40 passing touchdowns. That six-game stretch to close out the year featured Rodgers playing the quarterback position in a way that you won't often see -- he was locked in like only Rodgers can be.
The run would, many believed, get him some serious MVP consideration. But it turns out that he was less of a candidate in the voters' minds than the Cowboys rookie running back.