Sunday, February 6, 2011
Tom Brady first unanimous MVP
By Tim Graham
There's this guy named Tom Brady, and he had a pretty good season playing football for the New England Patriots ...
For those who hadn't heard about his campaign or weren't quite sure that 14 wins, 36 touchdown passes and only four interceptions are desirable, Brady unanimously won The Associated Press 2010 Most Valuable Player Award.
What made Sunday's announcement newsworthy was how completely obvious Brady was the top candidate. Brady is the first unanimous selection for MVP under the Associated Press' current selection process.
Brady received all 50 votes from AP's panel of media who cover the league. He also was a unanimous All-Pro selection and won the AP's offensive player of the year award on Tuesday.
Brady came one vote short of being a unanimous MVP choice in 2007, with the dissenting vote going to Brett Favre. Brady is the eighth player to take MVP honors multiple times, joining Jim Brown, Johnny Unitas, Joe Montana, Steve Young, Favre, Kurt Warner and Peyton Manning.