Chris Johnson Deserved MVP: No QB Need Apply

John NeumanCorrespondent IJanuary 14, 2010

SEATTLE , WA - JANUARY 03:  Chris Johnson #28 of the Tennessee Titans runs with the ball against Colin Cole #90 of the Seattle Seahawks  17-13 at Qwest Field on January 3, 2010 in Seattle, Washington. Johnson ran for 134 yards to break the 2,000-yard mark for the season.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
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Chris Johnson deserved the MVP.


The hardest thing to do in the NFL is to run the football, not play quarterback.  These voters today need to understand this concept.


Runners in today’s game have taken abuse from voters as well as critics alike.  Chris Johnson is that runner that brings his game everyday.  Johnson set the record for yards from scrimmage.  He gets rewarded with no MVP votes and honorable mention.


Is this a racist vote? I don’t think so.  It’s a lovefest of quarterbacks.  Quarterbacks get the ball snapped in their hands.  But what skill does it take to handoff to Chris Johnson?  He’s a monster – gained 2,509 yards from scrimmage, an NFL record.


I don’t believe he was considered on the mainstream media stage.  He wasn’t given a fair shot.  He talked it and he walked it.  Results? Zero.


In an era where running backs don’t last as long as Emmitt Smith and take more hits than the quarterbacks who are protected by penalty markers, Chris Johnson is the clear winner. He became just the sixth rusher of all-time in the history of the NFL to rush for 2000+ yards coupled with the yardage record from the line of scrimmage.


Peyton played well, but not well enough to warrant a rare show on the ground where an athlete takes all the contact from their knees to their head to their chest.


Joe Flacco won a playoff game against Tom Brady last week with 34 passing yards.  Greg McElroy just won the national championship in college football with 58 passing yards.


Teams do not need a quarterback to win.


Lets call it like it is.  Chris Johnson is an amazing athlete who gained record yardage with no accolades.  He deserved the MVP.


He isn’t a quarterback.