Tom Brady a unanimous choice for 2010 MVP

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) calls a play in the huddle in the first quarter against the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts on December 6, 2010. The Patriots defeated the Jets 45-3. UPI/Matthew Healey

If the NFL factored in the postseason when it came to handing out the MVP award, then maybe Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers would have won this year’s prestigious honor. But the NFL doesn’t factor in the postseason, which is one of the reasons why Tom Brady was named the league’s Most Valuable Player on Sunday.

The other reason, of course, was because Brady was freaking dominant this year. He posted an eye-popping 36:4 touchdown-to-interception ratio and finished with nine multi-touchdown, zero-interception games. Because of his unbelievable numbers, he became the first player in league history to receive all 50 first place votes for the MVP.

Of course, Brady would probably trade the trophy in for one more shot at the Jets and a clean bill of health. Had he not suffered a stress fracture in his foot, many people believe that the Patriots would have gone on to win their fourth Super Bowl in the past 10 years. Instead, New York shocked their division rivals on their home field and sent the Pats home early this year.

But just because he was injured doesn’t mean he escapes criticism for the way he played in the Divisional Round. The interception he threw in the first quarter was brutal and although it didn’t lead to any points by the Jets because they don’t have a field goal kicker, it stopped the Patriots from scoring and gave New York momentum. Considering he threw only four interceptions during the regular season, that pick was certainly out of character for Brady and he’ll have to relive that moment for the next couple of months.

Still, the MVP trophy is a nice consolation prize. Brady is the consummate professional and he’s about championships – not individual trophies. But this no doubt means something to him and it celebrates one of the best regular seasons (at least statistically) that we’ll see by a quarterback.

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