Brady the Unanimous Choice for MVP

  • February 6, 2011, 4:33 PM

DALLAS (AP) -- Here's a Brady Bunch for NFL fans: Tom Brady got all 50 votes for MVP.

The New England Patriots quarterback on Sunday became the first unanimous choice for The Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player Award since the AP began using a nationwide panel of media members who cover the league.

He surpassed himself, too: In 2007, when Brady won his first MVP, he got 49 votes; one voter went for Brett Favre.

"It is always flattering to be chosen for such a prestigious award," Brady said. "But I also look at it as a team award, as nothing in football gets accomplished without the mental toughness and determination of every player and coach associated with that team.

"I am very humbled to be a part of an organization where winning comes first, and our goals are based around the success of the team."

Those successes, including three Super Bowl titles in the last 10 years, are in great part due to Brady's excellence.

Although he didn't set nearly as many passing marks as in '07, Brady by far was the league's top performer in leading New England to a 14-2 record, best in the NFL. He had a record streak of 335 throws without being intercepted, and passed for 36 touchdowns with only four picks.

Not that the 33-year-old Brady would compare this season's Patriots to any others.

"Every team every year is different," he said, "and over the course of 100 practices and many games a team establishes its identity. Players change, schemes change, opponents change, which is why the game is so exciting year in and year out.

"The fact that 32 teams start out each year with the same goal is why the popularity of the sport is at an all-time high. The great part about our sport is that nothing comes easy, and wherever you stand at the end of the year is the exact place that you deserve to be."

Individually, Brady stands above all others. The only Patriot to win the award, he and Peyton Manning, his rival for the NFL's best quarterback, have split the last four MVPs.

Brady followed his previous MVP trophy with a lost season, tearing left knee ligaments in the first half of the 2008 opener. His return in 2009 was solid, although hand and rib injuries slowed him.

This year, even with a sore right foot that required postseason surgery, Brady was simply dynamic. He twice threw for four touchdowns in a game and four times had three. Twelve times, he had a passer rating of at least 100.

And he guided a young team in transition to 14 victories.

"Brady is so special because he's such a great leader and all the players can relate to him," team owner Robert Kraft said. "These kids (rookies) who come in live in awe of him, but the nice thing is he treats them well.

"He works very hard, he studies very hard," Kraft added. "Being a great quarterback isn't just being very skilled. It's being able to process information quickly, to make the adjustments, and I think he's fabulous at that."

As fabulous as he might have been, Brady, not surprisingly, has some regrets about 2010.

"When the season is over, 31 teams are disappointed about the outcome," he said. "There is only one champion, and nobody plays this game for second place. The desire and hunger is about winning, which to me never gets old. The motivation to get up and work every day for that goal is something that challenges us all.

"Our team has very high expectations, and our team will come back this year with the same purpose," he said. "Whether or not that leads to a championship season will be determined by the commitment each player makes to do their job as best as they possibly can."

The way Brady does.

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The award should have gone to peyton manning, brady didn't even throw for 4,000 yards, manning was the league leader with 4,700. I agree that peyton had a rough year but he bounced back and helped his team when they needed him the most, that, is a true winner

Vick or Rodgers should have gotten it.

Everybody. Stop talking nonsense. Tom. Totally deserves it

What the heck is wrong with u guys?? This is all aaron Rodgers!!!!!!!!!! N

refs and commisinors like Brady too much...I dn't like the PAtriots. >:-( Go COLTS

As much as I despise Tom Brady and the fact that Michael Vick should've won, congratulations. Now he can let his hair loose, kick his Uggs back and relax, and relive his crushing loss to the Jets on the highlight reels.

hahahhahaahahahahahahaa SO TRUE!!!!!!!

I still think Michael Vick should have won for his extraordinary comeback to the NFL.

i luv the eagles and i think they great this year, but i also KNOW that michael vick has changed and he is a great guy.finally, michael should have won MVP. go eagles!!!!


Micheal should have got more than comeback

Michael Vick shoulda gotten at least 1 vote. can`t believe Brady got all 50 votes. i didn`t even think he would be the MVP. big surprise

who wants to vote for a criminal

what a fix. vick was so well this year how can he not have got 1 vote. i dont believe this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Brady is decent but a Super Bowl player should have won

brady is decent but vick is better vick is good but rodgers is better PACKERS RULE!

I think that Rodgers and Brady were the top two choices but in the end I would vote for Brady.

great choice

no way!! mike vick

phillip rivers should have won

you kidding me. philip stinks compared to brady. philip cant even get his team into the playoffs!!!!!!!!!!

Phill is good but i think Aaron Rodgers should have won the MVP award.

Ya but Aaron Rogers won the SUPERBOWL and played great all year!

It doesn't matter if you win the Supe Bowl.What matters is who was the best all year round and that was Tom Brady.

Brady is a really good QB,you have to admit.That he should have won.

Your right about that!

I thought he would win but I was sure Vick and Rodgers would've gotten 5-10 or even 20 votes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

i had thought that vick was going to win but he will next year

Tom Brady stinks. :(


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