Why Philip Rivers Is My MVP

Brian SmithCorrespondent IDecember 31, 2008

Yes, there's DeAngelo Williams, Drew Brees, Adrian Peterson, Michael Turner, Kurt Warner, etc...

Let me explain why Philip Rivers is my pick for MVP this year.

From 4-8 to 8-8, resulting in the Chargers being the AFC West champs. The Chargers would not have won the west without Philip Rivers.

Rivers' numbers in those last four games are mighty impressive. 11 touchdowns, one interception, one fumble lost, six sacks, 1054 yards in the air, completed 66.1% of his passes and had a 120.3 quarterback rating.

He saddled up, put the Chargers on his back the last four games of the season and put them in a position to make the playoffs, all the while, playing nearly perfect (with the exception of one interception and losing one fumble) at quarterback.

All of this knowing that just one loss in any of those four games and the Chargers hopes for a postseason would be done. That's what I call playing very well under pressure.

If you really think about it, with LT being hurt most of the season and Gates not being 100 percent until about half way through the season, AND the defense a shell of its former self, Rivers carried the Chargers all year.

He didn't crumble under the pressure, in fact, it seemed as if he thrived under the pressure and he did it in a manner that is found in a MVP. To put it simply, he did exactly what an MVP does—put the team on his back and take his team to the postseason.

I'm sure the award will probably go to either Adrian Peterson, Michael Turner or DeAngelo Williams and maybe Kurt Warner.

All of them would be equally deserving of the award, however, they did not have nearly the pressure on them as Philip Rivers did and that is why Rivers gets my vote for MVP this year.