With the end of the 2013 NFL season quickly approaching, it is time to examine those special few individuals worthy of claiming the title of "Most Valuable Player."
The title of NFL MVP is a coveted one, dating back to 1961 (it was previously known as the Most Outstanding Player Award). Earning it is a goal shared by virtually every NFL player.
However, there are only a handful of candidates with a realistic chance of being named league MVP in any given season.
For this list of MVP candidates, we are approaching the award in a literal sense. While the players on this list may not be the absolute best the league has to offer (there are, after all, Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year awards), they are certainly among the most valuable individuals on any NFL roster.