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All-Pro vote a good sign for Aaron Rodgers' MVP chances

1/2/2015

GREEN BAY, Wis. – If Tony Romo was among Aaron Rodgers' top competition for the NFL MVP award, then the All-Pro voting released on Friday should squash that notion.

 Rodgers was selected as the quarterback on the Associated Press All-Pro team released Friday. The Green Bay Packers quarterback received 44 of the 50 votes, while Romo received three votes. Tom Brady (two votes) and Andrew Luck (one) received the other quarterback votes. The Associated Press also conducts the voting for the MVP award.

Fullback John Kuhn was the only other Packers' player to be named to the first team despite playing only 18.3 percent of the offensive snaps this season. He received 18 votes to edge Kansas City's Anthony Sherman (14).

The full All-Pro voting can be found here.

"Those nominations and achievements are great but ultimately at this time of the year, it's about winning championships," Rodgers said. "That’s what we're focused on. Anything else is kind of icing on the cake for us. But I'm especially excited for John."

Jordy Nelson was third among all receivers, meaning he was a second-team selection. Only two receivers make the All-Pro first team. Given how little teams use fullbacks anymore, it might be time to scrap that in favor of a third receiver.

Just don't tell that to Kuhn.

"The fullback position here isn't as traditional as it was back in the 1980s," said Kuhn, a fan favorite despite only 24 carries for 85 yards and a touchdown this season. "We can mix it up, and we can do different things."

Josh Sitton was third among guards, meaning he was a second-team selection for the second straight season.

Perhaps Rodgers' biggest competition for MVP might be J.J. Watt. The Houston Texans defensive stalwart was one of two unanimous selections. The other was New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.