Monday, February 7, 2011
NFL alumni pick Rivers over Brady
By Tim Graham
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was a unanimous selection for The Associated Press 2010 Most Valuable Player Award and for the All-Pro squad. He also won the AP's 2010 Offensive Player of the Year.
Fans, players and coaches voted him the AFC's starter for the Pro Bowl.
But the NFL Alumni Association didn't view Brady as the NFL's best quarterback in 2010.
Alumni membership voted San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers to their annual all-star team.
I can't argue with the credentials of the voters, at least.
The all-stars were selected by simple majority of NFL Alumni. Miami Dolphins consultant Bill Parcells compiled the list of nominees, three at each general position.
The AFC East sent two teams to the playoffs, but couldn't get anybody honored by the NFL alumni. Provincial nominees were Brady, New York Jets tight end Dustin Keller, Dolphins offensive lineman Jake Long and outside linebacker Cameron Wake and Buffalo Bills defensive lineman Kyle Williams.
Parcells did not list Brady among his three candidates for Player of the Year, meaning the star quarterback couldn't be elected for that award. Parcells also didn't include Bill Belichick among his top coach candidates. Parcells' former defensive coordinator was the landslide winner of the AP's 2010 Coach of the Year Award.
The NFL Alumni awards for 2010:
- Quarterback: Philip Rivers, Chargers
- Running back: Maurice Jones-Drew, Jaguars
- Wide receiver: Roddy White, Falcons
- Tight end: Jason Witten, Cowboys
- Offensive line: Josh Sitton, Packers
- Defensive lineman: Ndamukong Suh, Lions
- Linebacker: Patrick Willis, 49ers
- Defensive back: Aqib Talib, Buccaneers
- Special teams: Devin Hester, Bears
- Spirit Award: Felix Jones, Cowboys
- Coach of the Year: Todd Haley, Chiefs
- Player of the Year: Troy Polamalu, Steelers