Aaron Rodgers runs away with NFL MVP

Posted Feb 5, 2012
Aaron Wilson

Green Bay Packers star quarterback Aaron Rodgers ran away with the Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player award. He beat out New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees by a 48-2 margin. Rodgers passed for 45 touchdowns with only six inteceptions and a 122.5 quarterback rating for the 15-1 Packers. Rodgers became the first Packer to win the award since Brett Favre back in 1997

Meanwhile, Brees was named the NFL Offensive Player of the Year.

Brees passed for 5,475 yards, breaking Dan Marino's record for passing yards in a single season and Peyton Manning's completions record with 468 completions.

San Francisco 49ers first-year coach Jim Harbaugh was named NFL Coach of the Year.

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was named NFL Comeback Player of the Year. Baltimore Ravens Pro Bowl outside linebacker Terrell Suggs is the NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

He recorded 14 sacks and seven forced fumbles, setting a franchise record and leading the NFL in that category. Suggs beat out Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen by seven votes.

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton won NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year as he rushed for 14 touchdowns to set an NFL record for scores by a quarterback in a single season, also becoming the first NFL player to pass for 4,000 yards and rush for 500. He threw 21 touchdowns.

Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller won NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year.

Miller had 11 1/2 sacks and beat out 49ers rookie outside linebacker Aldon Smith

Ravens center Matt Birk won the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award for his play on the field and his community involvement.

Birk, 35, who is contemplating retirement, supports youth literacy with a program called "Ready, Set, Read," through his H.I.K.E. Foundation.

He has agreed to donate brain and spinal cord tissue to the Boston University's Center for Traumatic Encephalopathy, which researches the effects of repetitive head trauma.

For more coverage of the NFL, go to profootball.scout.com. Follow me on Twitter: @RavensInsider

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