Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was named most valuable player of the NFL today, the Associated Press announced. Brady was a unanimous selection for the award, receiving all 50 votes. The MVP award is the second of Brady's career, with the first coming in 2007.
In a pre-taped interview that aired on NFL Network after the announcement (votes had to be submitted at the close of the regular season), Brady accepted the award on behalf of his teammates.
"Playing in the Super Bowl is the greatest thing a quarterback could do at this time of year," Brady said. "The last thing I've been thinking about is the MVP - it is contradictory to the way I play. It's about the team."
Brady said he hasn't yet gotten over the Pats' postseason loss to the Jets, in much the same way that he hasn't gotten over their loss to Baltimore last year or their loss to the Giants in Super Bowl XLII.
He also noted that it's "pretty cool" that the New England offense set a new league record for fewest turnovers committed in a season, particularly given the weather conditions the team often plays in.
Since the Associated Press went to its current voting format, with a panel of 50 media members from around the country choosing the yearly awards, Brady is the first player to win MVP in a unanimous vote.
He nearly earned that distinction in '07 - that year, he was named on 49 ballots, with one vote going to Brett Favre.
Brady, who led the Patriots to a 14-2 record, had 36 touchdown passes and just four interceptions, althought the season ended in disappointment with a loss to the Jets in the divisional round of the AFC playoffs.
Brady was also named the AP Offensive Player of the Year last week.