MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — For the third time, Tom Brady is the NFL’s Most Valuable Player.
Now he goes for his sixth Super Bowl title, and maybe with it a fifth MVP trophy for the NFL championship.
Brady added The Associated Press 2017 NFL MVP award Saturday night time at NFL Honors to his wins in 2007 and 2010. The New England Patriots quarterback was joined as an honoree by three Los Angeles Rams: Coach of the Year Sean McVay, Offensive Player of the Year working again Todd Gurley and Defensive Player of the Year sort out Aaron Donald.
Other winners in voting by a nationwide panel of 50 media members who frequently cowl the league had been Los Angeles Chargers receiver Keenan Allen as Comeback Player; New Orleans working again Alvin Kamara and cornerback Marshon Lattimore as prime offensive and defensive rookies, respectively; and former Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, now head coach of the New York Giants, as Assistant Coach of the Year.
Brady is the second the player within the 4 main skilled sports activities to win MVP at age 40; Barry Bonds received baseball’s award in 2004.
Wide receiver Julian Edelman, who missed your entire season with a knee damage, accepted for Brady.
“Thanks, thanks. Wait up. I actually simply discovered I used to be doing this like 20 minutes in the past. So, I’ve received to learn the textual content,” Edelman mentioned.
“No, however I am joking. But critical, Tom mentioned he wished to say he is very honored and humbled that he will get this award for MVP. Also, he wished to thank his teammates, his pals, his household and the Patriots group for going out and doing what they do.”
Brady competed 385 of 581 passes (66.2 p.c) for four,577 yards and 32 touchdowns with eight interceptions as New England went 13-3 for the AFC’s greatest report. At an age when many QBs are deep into retirement, Brady is throwing deep — and quick — in addition to ever.
Donald was the primary pure defensive sort out to win the award since Warren Sapp in 1999. He mentioned it means “all the things. That’s among the best to ever do it. So, even for my title to be subsequent to that man’s title is past a blessing. This is what you dream about as a child, dreaming about enjoying within the NFL to have success like this, to have the ability to (play adequate) to win this trophy.”
Gurley’s sensational turnaround season during which he ran for 13 touchdowns and caught six TD passes sparked an equally spectacular reversal of fortunes by his staff, which received the NFC West at 11-5.
“The Saints received the rookies and we took dwelling the offensive and defensive” player awards,” Gurley famous. “It simply tells you the kind of gamers we’ve on the staff. We all assist one another out, completely. We have some expertise, however we’re nothing with out the entire 9 yards and all people collectively. And we even have a coach who’s up for Coach of the Year.”
A short while later, McVay was handed the teaching award.
In his first season working a staff and because the youngest head coach in NFL historical past, McVay led the Rams to a seven-game enchancment. McVay, who turned 32 on Jan. 24, ran away with the voting with 35 votes to 11 for Minnesota’s Mike Zimmer.
“What it means is we had a superb season that I believe we are able to construct on,” McVay mentioned. “But you need to earn it each single day. It’s a really humbling league.”
The Rams’ hat trick of awards was not unprecedented. In 2003, Baltimore’s Ray Lewis was prime defensive player, Jamal Lewis received greatest offensive player, and Terrell Suggs was Defensive Rookie of the Year. And in 1999, the St. Louis Rams had three award winners: Kurt Warner (MVP), Marshall Faulk (Offensive Player) and Dick Vermeil (Coach).
New Orleans’ sweep of the rookie awards was the primary since 1967, when Detroit working again Mel Farr and cornerback Lem Barney had been honored. That was the primary season for the highest defensive rookie award.
“You get caught up within the season, you do not actually get time to pat your self on the again,” Kamara mentioned. “But when the season is over you notice what you have completed. I’ve sort of needed to time to look again and say, I made some historical past this season.”
Kamara shared duties with veteran Mark Ingram because the Saints received the NFC South. He rushed for 728 yards with a 6.1-yard common, and scored eight occasions. He additionally caught 81 passes for 826 yards, with 5 touchdowns.
The 11th general draft choose and first from his place chosen, Lattimore was a shutdown defender because the Saints went 11-5. He had 5 interceptions and 18 passes defensed in 13 video games, was a positive tackler and, by midseason, was somebody opposing quarterbacks tended to keep away from. He missed three video games, one due to a concussion and two with an ankle damage.
Allen returned from two devastating accidents to win the comeback honor. Allen missed half of the 2015 season with a kidney situation, then was misplaced within the 2016 season opener with a torn proper ACL. There had been questions if Allen would ever player at a excessive stage once more.
He answered these emphatically this season with the most effective yr of his profession. Allen caught 102 passes for 1,393 yards and 6 touchdowns. He was focused 159 occasions, practically 10 per recreation.
The awards had been introduced Saturday night time at NFL Honors, when Houston Texans defensive finish J.J. Watt obtained the league’s Walter Payton Award as man of the yr. Watt, in his seventh NFL season and a three-time Defensive Player of the Year, had the objective of elevating $200,000 for Hurricane Harvey reduction in Houston. His fundraising did an entire lot extra, bringing in an unbelievable $37 million in 19 days.
“I have been lucky to be on this stage and to win Defensive Player of the Year awards, however all the things that you just do on the sphere pales compared to what you do off the sphere,” Watt mentioned. “And on the finish of my life, if I am remembered as a soccer player and a superb soccer player and that is all I am remembered for, then I did a poor job in my life. When I’m going to my grave I wish to be remembered as a man who helped individuals out and who tried to do as a lot as he may off the sphere to be the most effective man he could possibly be. I am making an attempt to make my household proud and my followers proud, and go on the market and simply be the most effective individual I might be and depart the world slightly bit higher.”
AP Pro Football Writers Josh Dubow and Arnie Stapleton contributed.
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