There are times when fans and writers alike forget what the words “Most Valuable Player” truly mean. They do not mean “player that puts up the most stats” or “player that is most likable” or “player that is incredibly nice to media."
Those words reflect a player who means more to his team, and the NFL as a whole, than any other player in the league. Andrew Luck is the very definition of what the MVP award should stand for.
Coming out of college, fans of the NFL expressed a certain amount of backlash toward the player who analysts and League insiders had dubbed “the surest thing since Peyton Manning.”
Others questioned whether he was even as good as Robert Griffin III, the winner of the 2011 Heisman Trophy. To answer, all Luck has done is take a team that won two games last year, and turn them into a legitimate playoff contending team.
Luck’s stats (3,205, 13 TDs, 13 INTs) do not compare fairly to other QBs on this list. Brady, Manning, the aforementioned Griffin, Cutler, and even Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees have far better statistics than the rookie out of Stanford.
Luck deserves legitimate consideration for the MVP award because of what he has brought to an organization that appeared to be left for dead following the departure of Manning and the gutting of the roster.
The players on the squad are essentially the same, if not worse, than last year’s 2-14 team. Luck has brought energy and young leadership to the team, and with the help of offensive coordinator/interim head coach Bruce Arians, veteran wide receiver Reggie Wayne and rookie wide-out T.Y. Hilton, has passed the Colts to a 7-4 record and the first Wild Card position.
Add to that the fact that he is the face of an organization, which lost its coach to leukemia, and you have a young man, who will not only win multiple MVPs for his team in the years to come, but will also lift a few Lombardi trophies before his time in the League reaches its conclusion.