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NFL Network to broadcast AP awards, MVP named Super Bowl Sunday

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The Associated Press and the NFL have reached a deal to announce all of the annual AP awards on NFL Network, culminating in the Most Valuable Player being announced on Super Bowl Sunday.

Although we had heard talk in the industry of trying to set up an awards show similar to those in other sports, NFL Network will instead have award announcements every day from Monday, January 31 through Super Bowl Sunday.  Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year, Offensive and Defensive Rookie of the Year, Comeback Player of the Year, and Coach of the Year will all be announced on NFL Network during Super Bowl week.

The idea of giving more attention to the annual awards is a good one, although it may have made more sense to center the awards announcements around the Pro Bowl, rather than the Super Bowl.  The MVP award, which will surely go to Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, may get lost in the shuffle of Super Bowl Sunday. Other than the Boston Globe and Boston Herald, how many newspapers will find space in their sports sections for any more than a passing mention of Brady’s MVP on the Monday after the Super Bowl?

The order of awards announcements features the Comeback Player of the Year named on the Monday of Super Bowl week, Offensive Player of the Year Tuesday, Coach of the Year Wednesday, Pepsi Rookie of the Year (which isn’t actually an AP award) Thursday, Offensive and Defensive Rookie of the Year Friday, and Defensive Player of the Year Saturday.

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14 Responses to “NFL Network to broadcast AP awards, MVP named Super Bowl Sunday”
  1. hooterdawg says: Jan 25, 2011 10:47 AM

    The MVP award is a little hollow if it doesn’t consider the playoffs. How many voters would seriously consider Brady over Rogers based upon the entire season? Is it a bit embarrassing to have an MVP that has choked in his last three playoffs?

  2. j0esixpack says: Jan 25, 2011 11:07 AM

    Cue Patriots haters who will use Brady’s MVP and 14-2 record in a rebuilding season to remind everyone that he can’t win without Belichick using sideline video cameras for play calling.

    Sure – I know that makes no logical sense – but these are the same people who use a 16-0, 50 TD post-Spygate season as proof that Brady can’t win without cheating

  3. mataug says: Jan 25, 2011 11:31 AM

    Why not give out the awards the week after the regular season ends ? I believe that the voters have to send in their votes before the playoffs begin, so it seems possible.

    And it just seems bad for the guy if he doesn’t have a good game during the playoffs and ends up being blamed for his team’s loss since QBs are the MVPs usually and are somehow supposed to lead a 45 man roster to wins on game-day.

  4. fancyleague says: Jan 25, 2011 11:37 AM

    Who says the 16-0 was post-Spygate? Getting caught cheating does not preclude continued cheating.

  5. Akula says: Jan 25, 2011 11:55 AM

    “hooterdawg says:
    Jan 25, 2011 10:47 AM

    The MVP award is a little hollow if it doesn’t consider the playoffs. How many voters would seriously consider Brady over Rogers based upon the entire season? Is it a bit embarrassing to have an MVP that has choked in his last three playoffs?”

    Oh My….The hate…it’s gonna kill ya

  6. bigblue86 says: Jan 25, 2011 12:47 PM

    Who thought that it would be a good idea to announce the NFL MVP on Super Bowl Sunday? That person should be fired and the person who agreed to due it should be shot. I realize that it’s a given that this year it is going to be Brady, but still, people knowing who it’s going to be is a reason to see how something is going to work, not to bury it. Why would anybody want to put two of their biggest things during this two week period on the same day? I agree that they should be announcing the awards this week leading up to the Pro Bowl. Unless the Steelers or Packers are winning a huge number of awards most of the awards will be buried.

  7. benh999 says: Jan 25, 2011 12:47 PM

    @j0esixpack,
    Belichick is the master of adjustments. Just like they re-invented their offense after they traded Moss this year, they re-invented their cheating after getting caught in 2007.

  8. Rhode Island Patriots Fan says: Jan 25, 2011 1:03 PM

    @hooterdawg: Using your logic, Peyton Manning should have his first MVP award (2003 season) taken away because he “choked” in the playoffs against a Patriots defense that intercepted him four times and sacked him four times. Peyton Manning should also have his second MVP award (2004 season) taken away because he “choked” in the playoffs against the Patriots in a resounding 20-3 loss. And finally, Peyton Manning should have his third because MVP award (2008 season) taken away because he “choked” against the Charges in their wild-card playoff game.

    What’s embarrassing here is your flawed logic.

  9. j0esixpack says: Jan 25, 2011 2:11 PM

    benh999 says: @j0esixpack,
    Belichick is the master of adjustments. Just like they re-invented their offense after they traded Moss this year, they re-invented their cheating after getting caught in 2007.

    Interesting. So how exactly have they done this and how do you come by this information?

    I’ll be interested to hear. Surely you wouldn’t make a random unsubstantiated statement to humiliate yourself.

  10. benh999 says: Jan 25, 2011 2:56 PM

    @joesissypat,

    If I was really into humiliation I would wear a Brady #12 jersey.

  11. j0esixpack says: Jan 25, 2011 3:09 PM

    benh999 says: If I was really into humiliation I would wear a Brady #12 jersey.

    We’re in agreement there.

    Any male over the age of 14 who wears the named jersey of any pro athlete needs to make sure they haven’t lost their ‘nads.

    I’m guessing you have many such jerseys – just not of Tom Brady.

  12. tominma says: Jan 25, 2011 5:59 PM

    People are surely ignorant of exactly what happened with “spygate”

    A whole show for awards??? TV will be the death of the NFL eventually if they’re left unchecked!

  13. tominma says: Jan 25, 2011 6:05 PM

    Fact is, Brady is the best QB in the game today!! He’s also one of the top 5 of all time! He had a stunning year this year!

    As for choking, the SB and playoff losses cant be directly attributed to a defense that isnt championship caliber. A Samuels maes the int or Pats keep their grip on Manning, Pats are champs. This WAS a rebuilding year. Think of what this young Pats defense is going to be like next year–especially with 6 picks in the first 3 rounds!

  14. jarrman46 says: Jan 25, 2011 9:07 PM

    BJ “the Freezer ” Raji for MVP!!!

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