Aaron Rodgers NFL MVP: Why Trophy Has Less Value with Early Playoff Loss

Jon DoveContributor IFebruary 4, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 25:  Quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers smiles as he leaves the field after a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field on December 25, 2011 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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Most people—and especially pro athletes—want to be the best at everything they do. The NFL MVP award is given to the player with the best individual performance. This award means a lot to everyone who earns the honor. However, it might mean less to a player who expects to win a Super Bowl title.

The Green Bay Packers and Aaron Rodgers fell short of their attempt to defend their Super Bowl title. Repeating as champion isn't an easy feat to accomplish, but the way the Packers were bounced from the playoffs is sure to sting. Even winning the MVP trophy won't erase that loss from Rodgers' thoughts.

The length and physical toll the NFL season takes on a player only increases the pain of an early playoff loss. Green Bay went through the entire regular season only losing one game, but were unable to advance to the Super Bowl. They headed into the playoffs with a lot of confidence and the odds on favorite to bring home another title. Failing to meet this goal is something that will haunt Rodgers throughout the offseason.

Rodgers is a competitor and absolutely wants to win the MVP trophy. Everybody wants to be awarded for their hard work and success. Winning this award will mean a lot and help take some of the sting away from the playoff loss. However, expect to hear Rodgers talk about falling short of his goal during his acceptance speech.

St. Louis Rams quarterback Kurt Warner was the last player to win the MVP and Super Bowl in the same season. This shows that most MVP recipients fail to reach the goal as Super Bowl champions.

The fact that most players prefer a Super Bowl title to a MVP trophy shows the football is the ultimate team sport. One can also argue that most players who win an MVP award do so because of the contributions of their teammates. Maybe, this is why it feels more gratifying to bring home a Super Bowl championship.