The MVP award has taken a long and winding road to get to where it currently resides. Back in 1938, the league began awarding the Joe F. Carr Trophy to the player that stood out the most throughout the regular season. That way of electing the league MVP was done through 1946.
Since then, the NFL’s most valuable players and Players of the year have been selected by numerous entities which include the Associated Press (AP), the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA), Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA), and United Press International (UPI).
While the UPI and NEA selected league MVPs in the past, it’s the AP that has done so since the 1957 season. A panel of 50 sportswriters vote on who they believe is the best of the best at the conclusion of the regular season. The results are announced the day before the Super Bowl.
Cam Newton (CAR) +550
Aaron Rodgers (GB) +550
Russell Wilson (SEA) +650
Ben Roethlisberger (PIT) +700
Tom Brady (NE) +1350
Andrew Luck (IND) +1400
Carson Palmer (ARI) +1500
Adrian Peterson (MIN) +2500
Eli Manning (NYG) +3000
Drew Brees (NO) +3000
Tony Romo (DAL) +4000
Todd Gurley (STL) +4000
LeVeon Bell (PIT) +4500
Andy Dalton (CIN) +5000
Antonio Brown (PIT) +5500
Derek Carr (OAK) +6000
Matt Ryan (ATL) +7000
Rob Gronkowski (NE) +7000
Blake Bortles (JAX) +7500
Khalil Mack (OAK) +7500
JJ Watt (HOU) +8000
Marcus Mariota (TEN) +8500
Jameis Winston (TB) +9000
Odell Beckham (NYG) +9000
Julio Jones (ATL) +10000
David Johnson (ARI) +10000
Matt Stafford (DET) +10000
Philip Rivers (SD) +10000
Jamaal Charles (KC) +10000
Brock Osweiler (HOU) +10000
Teddy Bridgewater (MIN) +10000
Jay Cutler (CHI) +10000
Ezekiel Elliot (DAL) +12500
Kirk Cousins (WSH) +12500
Eddie Lacy (GB) +12500
Joe Flacco (BAL) +12500
Von Miller (DEN) +15000
DeAndre Hopkins (HOU) +17500
Luke Kuechly (CAR) +20000
Doug Martin (TB) +20000
Dez Bryant (DAL) +20000
Mark Sanchez (DEN) +20000
Alex Smith (KC) +20000
Amari Cooper (OAK) +20000
Devonta Freeman (ATL) +25000
A.J. Green (CIN) +25000
Allen Robinson (JAX) +30000
LeSean McCoy (BUF) +30000
Though Aaron Rodgers had a down season a year ago, there were a couple pf reasons why. For starters, his favorite target wasn’t around, but Jordy Nelson is said to be 100 percent ready to go for 2016. On top of that, upper management improved the front wall protecting him after Mr. Discount Double check was sacked close to 50 times last season. More time to pass the ball paired with a full complement of wide receivers means Rodgers is set for a big season and should be lined as the odds of favorite to take home the award.
Andy Dalton was in the midst of his best season as a professional before breaking his thumb late in the season against the Steelers and being forced to watch as his team was eliminated from postseason play from the sidelines. Before that occurred, he had thrown for 3250 yards and a 25:7 TD/INT ratio. With his big play wide receiver and tight end back in 2016, it’s possible the “Red Rifle” betters last year’s output setting his backers up for a big pay day at the window should he take home the MVP Award.
If only Le’Veon Bell could stay healthy. Pittsburgh’s RB1 missed the first two games of last season due to suspension, but then after he returned, he hit the ground running carving opposing defenses up for 556 yards and 3 TDs on the ground over just 113 carries. He added another 136 yards on 24 catches out of the backfield. If this kid can stay healthy, he’ll be a terror for opposing defenses to contend with and one that could put an end to the quarterback’s recent dominance of the award.
Should a wide receiver finally take home the award, it will no doubt be Antonio Brown that pulls off the feat. The dude has been flat out sensational the last three seasons in which he’s reeled in a combined 375 receptions for 5031 yards and 31 touchdowns. Those numbers are simply bonkers! He bettered himself in every passing year, and if he does so once again in 2016, voters are going to have to take him seriously as being the best player in the league.
A defensive player hasn’t won the NFL MVP Award since 1986 when Lawrence Taylor relentlessly harassed all quarterbacks that dared stepping on the field with him. J.J. Watt has the same cold-blooded ability to do that as well evidenced by the 69 sacks and three Defensive Player of the Year awards he currently has sitting on his mantle. The Texans will succeed this season if the defense continues to dominate. Watt will play a major role in that occurring as this one-man wrecking crew has what it takes to put Houston on his back and lead it to Super Bowl glory.
2015: QB Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
2014: QB Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
2013: QB Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
2012: RB Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
2011: QB Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
2010: QB Tom Brady, New England Patriots
2009: QB Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts
2008: QB Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts
2007: QB Tom Brady, New England Patriots
2006: RB LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego Chargers
2005: RB Shaun Alexander, Seattle Seahawks
2004: QB Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts
2003: QB Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts
2003: QB Steve McNair, Tennessee Titans
2002: QB Rich Gannon, Oakland Raiders
2001: QB Kurt Warner, St. Louis Rams
2000: RB Marshall Faulk, St. Louis Rams
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