We essentially knew Aaron Rodgers would win the league’s MVP award on Saturday night because he was chosen the first team All-Pro quarterback over Drew Brees in a landslide.
Rogers won the MVP award by nearly the same vote: 48-2. (It was 47.5 to 2.5 for the All Pro vote.)
Brees won the Offensive Player of the Year award. Separating those two awards is not something that makes a lot of sense, but we suppose it’s a way to recognize two offensive players for their achievements.
Rodgers was the better player and the more valuable player throughout the course of the season. Brees was absolutely sensational, especially late in the season, but Rodgers was playing at a level we have rarely seen for most of the year. The last few weeks of the year don’t make the first three months go away.
You know it’s a strong year for MVP candidates when Tom Brady didn’t even get a vote in a season where he finished with the second most amount of yards in NFL history.
The league is in great shape right now for many reasons. One of them: Quarterback play has never been better.