Peyton Manning Is the MVP…But Not Unanimously
The NFL Most Value Player is Denver Broncos Peyton Manning; however, what many speculated to be one of the easiest races in recent NFL history, does not finish without some controversy. In a season in which Manning finished with NFL season records for most yards (5,477) and most touchdowns (55) and guided his team to a 13-3 record, he was expected by most NFL fans to receive a unanimous MVP vote. The Denver Post reports the lone dissenter was Jim Miller, former Bears quarterback and Sirius XM NFL Radio host, who cast his vote for New England Patriots Tom Brady. When asked why he did not vote for Manning, Miller offered the following response:
“It pains me because Peyton had such a historic season,” he said. “He is the offensive player of the year, no question. But having played the position, when I looked at who had the most value to his team, I thought Tom Brady carried that team the same way Adrian Peterson carried Minnesota last year.”
Certainly every voter is entitled to vote for the candidate he feels is most deserving, but in a historic season for a quarterback, it’s hard to understand how Miller did not see the way 98% of the Hall of Fame Voters did.