Sporting News NFL held a poll among 636 NFL players, coaches, and executives for the NFL's best offensive player of 2009. Brees won with 299 votes, good for 47 percent of the total vote count. Chris Johnson finished second with 166 votes. The rest of the race looked like this:
Brees: 299 votes
Johnson: 166 votes
Peyton Manning: 105 votes
Brett Favre: 22 votes
This year marks the second year in the row that Brees has won the award. Last year he won it when he became the second quarterback to pass for over 5,000 yards and led the league in touchdown passes.
In 2009, Brees was first in the NFL in several major passing categories, including touchdown passes, quarterback rating, and completion percentage, where he set the NFL record for a season.