2010 NFL MVP Award: 5 Reasons Why Tom Brady May Not Win That Easily
The NFL's MVP award will be announced on February 6th, shortly before the kickoff of Super Bowl XLV.
According to Wikipedia: "Since 1957 The National Football League's Most Valuable Player Award (NFL MVP) is given most notably by the Associated Press (AP) to the player who is considered most valuable in the league".
In 1997 and 2003, the award was shared twice and Peyton Manning is the only NFL player to win the award four times.
Now, in its 53rd year, the award has been won by either a quarterback or running back 94 percent of the time. And only three times in its history has it been awarded to someone other than a quarterback or running back. The last defensive player to win the MVP award was Lawrence Taylor in 1986.
By now, it appears a foregone conclusion by most fans and media that in all likelihood, Tom Brady should win the AP MVP award.
In the slides to follow, I'll show you five reasons why Tom Brady may possibly get derailed of this honor.
Detroit Lion Defensive Tackle: Ndamukong Suh
Suh was nominated for and received countless rookie awards that include Rookie of the year by The Sporting News, Pro Football Weekly and the Pro Football Writers Association.
He is also the only rookie named to the Associated Press (AP) All-Pro Team. He led his team in sacks with 10.
He is the first rookie defensive tackle to be named to the AP All-Pro team since its recognition was designated in 1951.
San Diego Chargers Quarterback: Philip Rivers
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Rivers was on fire through the first 10 weeks of the season and led the NFL with a career-high 4,710 passing yards.
He finished with 30 touchdowns to 13 interceptions and a quarterback rating of 101.8 as well as being selected to his first Pro-Bowl.
He also played much of the season without Antonio Gates and Vincent Jackson.
Atlanta Falcons Wide Receiver: Roddy White
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He was Matt Ryan's go-to receiver, especially in clutch situations.
He led the NFL with 115 receptions for 1,389 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns to help lead the Atlanta Falcons to a 13-3 record.
As a side note, White forced a fumble after his quarterback Matt Ryan was intercepted versus the 49ers to help the Falcons secure a 16-14 comeback win.
Houston Texan Running Back: Arian Foster
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Foster led the NFL with 1,616 rushing yards and 2,220 total yards from scrimmage with 18 touchdowns. He also ran for an average 4.9 yards per carry.
He earned a Pro-Bowl bid but played on a losing team (6-10). Could he still win the MVP while playing on a losing team?
With numbers like that, I would think it's possible.
Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback: Michael Vick
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A feel-good story if Vick is to win the MVP. He should certainly finish second if he doesn't take top honors. Vick started the season as a backup.
He set career highs in touchdown passes (21), passer rating (100.2), passing yards (3,018), rushing touchdowns (nine) and completion percentage of (62.6).
He was able to achieve all this in just 12 games and led the Eagles to an NFC East title. His best week was during Week 10 when he accounted for six touchdowns—four passing, two rushing—and threw for 333 yards in a 59-28 win over the Redskins in Washington.
After that performance, Tom Brady was led to say "Vick was damn near impossible to stop."