Pro Football Writers pick Tom Brady as MVP

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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady celebrates a touchdown by Brandon Bolden during the second half against the Tennessee Titans. –The Associated Press

Tom Brady was named MVP in voting conducted by the Pro Football Writers of America. It’s the third time Brady has won the award, having received the honor in 2007 and 2010.

Only Peyton Manning (4) has won the award more times.

The Associated Press’s NFL awards, including MVP, will be revealed the night before the Super Bowl at a show in Minneapolis.

Brady started all 16 games, and completed 385 of 581 passes for a league-leading 4,577 yards, 32 touchdowns, and just eight interceptions for a 102.8 passer rating. He will be facing the PFWA’s defensive player of the year this weekend, as Jacksonville defensive end Calais Campbell, who led the AFC and was second in the NFL in sacks, took that honor.

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In his 10th season, Campbell started all 16 games and had 67 total tackles (47 solo), an AFC-leading and club record 14.5 sacks (second in the NFL) for minus-96 yards. He also had 14 tackles for loss, 30 quarterback hits, three passes defensed, three forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery. He set a team record with four sacks in the season opener at Houston on September 10 and recorded at least one-half sack in six consecutive games.

Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley, who led the NFL in total yards from scrimmage and total touchdowns, was selected offensive player of the year. Gurley started 15 games, rushing 279 times for 1,305 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also caught a team-high 64 passes for 788 yards and six touchdowns to lead the NFL in both total yards from scrimmage (2,093) and total touchdowns (19).

Gurley also led all NFL running backs in highest receiving yard average (12.3 yards per catch) and 25-yard-plus receptions (nine). His 276 scrimmage yards at the Tennessee Titans on Dec. 24 was the most by any NFL player in 2017, and he became only the third player in NFL history to have 150 or more receiving yards and 100 or more rushing yards in the same game.