Aaron Rodgers collected his second NFL MVP Award on the eve of the Super Bowl he appeared destined to play in with less than five minutes on the clock two weeks ago.
The Green Bay signal caller bested Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt 33 votes to 13. Cowboys Tony Romo and DeMarco Murray, as well as Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner, who received the nod from Tony Dungy, also claimed votes.
Rodgers tossed 38 touchdowns to just five interceptions on the season. He finished the year with a 112.2 passer rating.
J.J. Watt, who promises improvement after the purchase of a log-cabin training retreat for the offseason, took home Defensive Player of the Year. DeMarco Murray, who broke Emmitt Smith’s Cowboys single-season rushing record, won Offensive Player of the Year. The press voters selected Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald and Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. as the respective Rookie of the Year recipients. Rob Gronkowski, whose trademark spikes made him the subject of an erotic novel this season, captured the Comeback Player of the Year award. And Arizona Cardinals Coach Bruce Arians won Coach of the Year for the second time in three years.