As everyone expected, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was named the NFL MVP on Saturday night. But despite Manning having what many regarded as the best season any quarterback has ever had, the vote was not unanimous.
The MVP is determined by the vote of a 50-person panel assembled by the Associated Press, and Manning got 49 of the 50 votes. According to the Denver Post, the AP gave one of the 50 votes to former Steelers and Bears quarterback Jim Miller, who now works for SiriusXM NFL Radio, and Miller preferred Tom Brady.
“It pains me because Peyton had such a historic season,” Miller told the Post. “He is the offensive player of the year, no question. But having played the position, when I looked at who had the most value to his team, I thought Tom Brady carried that team the same way Adrian Peterson carried Minnesota last year.”
Brady may have carried his team, but he carried his team to a worse record than Manning’s team, and did so while throwing for 1,134 fewer yards than Manning, and 30 fewer touchdowns than Manning. Miller is entitled to his opinion, but his opinion is wrong.