The highest individual honor in the NFL is being named "Most Valuable Player" by the Associated Press.
In a sport where every team goes into the season with 53 active players and a hard salary cap figured down to the dollar, it's no wonder that the top award goes to the player who helps his team win games more than anyone else.
Everything is set for 2013.
Every team has a new crop of rookies. Every team has more or less filled its 90 roster spots and spent as much of its $123 million in salary cap space as it's going to. Every team has the coaches, the systems and the players they're going to have for the rest of the year.
Springtime in the NFL is the annual season of optimism and hope. Everything is growing, and everything is new again. Which teams will take advantage of the fresh start and dominate in 2013? Which young, dynamic players will help them take the next step? Which up-and-coming players will ascend to the rarefied air of the truly elite?
Which rising stars will approach MVP status in 2013?