Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers on Saturday accepted the 2011 Associated Press Most Valuable Player award from the league’s only four-time winner Peyton Manning.
After Manning was greeted with a standing ovation he introduced Aaron Rodgers who told those in attendance:
“It means a lot to be recognized as a consistent player and contributing on my team,” Rodgers said. “I think it’s an award that relies on a player having the support of his teammates, obviously, guys blocking, guys running, guys catching, guys making plays. But I’m very honored to receive the award.”
Rodgers handily walked away with the award after receiving 48 of 50 votes from a nationwide panel made up of media members who regularly cover the NFL.
Also taking home an award was New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees who won the “Offensive Player of the Year” award after he broke the long standing passing record set by Dan Marino.
The award was well deserved for Rodgers who led the NFL with a 122.5 rating with 45 touchdown passes, six interceptions and a completion percentage of 68.3 percent. The Packers eventually went 15-1 to win the NFL before they were defeated at Lambeau Field in the divisional round of the NFL playoffs.
“People really count on me to be consistent each week, to play well. Knowing that my performance, the fact that I touch the ball every play, I have a direct impact on the game, the way I play,” Rodgers said. “And if I’m playing consistent and doing things I know I’m supposed to do, we’ve been able to have some success because of it.”
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