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Aaron Rodgers joins elite with second MVP

2/1/2015
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Rodgers Wins MVP

Aaron Rodgers won his second career NFL MVP award by receiving 31 votes, 18 more than second place J.J. Watt.

Not many people know what might have been going through Aaron Rodgers' mind Saturday night, when the Green Bay Packers quarterback accepted his second NFL Most Valuable Player award at the annual NFL Honors on the eve of the Super Bowl in Phoenix.

But Brett Favre probably had the best idea.

Favre and Rodgers are among a short list of NFL players who won multiple MVP awards. Favre, who preceded Rogers as the Packers' quarterback for 16 years, won three of them. He was the league MVP for the 1995, 1996 and 1997 seasons (though he shared the third with Detroit Lions running back Barry Sanders).

Three years after he won it for the first time, Rodgers collected his second MVP on Saturday.

"I think every guy who's had a chance to win even one, for that matter, you can never take that for granted," Favre said in telephone interview this weekend. "I think Aaron is well-deserving. I see no reason why he shouldn't win more. But I think the second and the third one were equally as gratifying."

Regardless of what Rodgers does the rest of his career, his place in history was secured when he became just the ninth player to win multiple MVPs.

Rodgers joined five-time winner Peyton Manning, three-time winners Jim Brown, Johnny Unitas and Favre, and two-time winners Joe Montana, Steve Young, Kurt Warner and Tom Brady as the only players to win multiple MVP awards.

"It's a great list. To be mentioned with those guys is an honor," Rodgers said after accepting the award, which was presented by Manning. "Like I said up there, Peyton, he set the gold standard -- him and Tom Brady, as far as quarterback play in my generation. And Peyton's won it five times -- that's incredible. But twice is nice. It just means that there's been some consistent play, and that's what I've prided myself on, and a consistent approach every week and good preparation and making the plays that my teammates expect me to make."

The Packers are only the second team with two players who won multiple MVPs. The San Francisco 49ers -- with Montana and Young -- are the other.

There's reason to think Favre is right: Rodgers could win more.

At 31, he has said several times he believes he can play between seven and nine more seasons. He has five more seasons on his current contract. He's the age Unitas was when he won his second of three MVPs. Only four of the multiple winners won their second MVP at a younger age than Rodgers. Those were Brown (22), Favre (27), Manning (28) and Warner (30).

Manning won his third, fourth and fifth MVPs at ages 32, 33 and 37.

Rodgers said that if he wins the award next year, he hopes he's not at the ceremony to accept it, but rather, in the team hotel preparing for the Super Bowl.

"Maybe I'm sending in a video message," Rodgers said.