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Foster third in OPY, behind Brady, Vick

Houston Texans running back Arian Foster was outpointed in AP’s offensive player of the year voting by Tom Brady, who’s expected to be crowned MVP on Sunday, and Michael Vick.

Brady got 21 votes, Vick 11 and Foster seven. Three others also got votes: San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers (five), Atlanta receiver Roddy White (two) and Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers (two).

Brady’s season was spectacular, but I’ve always kind of found it odd that a certain level of MVP also collects the offensive or defensive player of the year award while another does not. When it does overlap, it seems redundant.

It would have been quite an honor for Foster, who led the league in rushing and scoring just a year after he was undrafted out of Tennessee.

If he can come close to the effort on a better team, he could be in the running again someday.