CHICAGO IL - DECEMBER 12: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots passes against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on December 12 2010 in Chicago Illinois. The Patriots defeated the Bears 36-7. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)

Tom Brady Named 2011 AP NFL Offensive Player Of The Year Over Michael Vick

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Tom Brady Named AP NFL Offensive Player Of The Year, Quickly Credits Teammates

New England Patriots' Tom Brady was named the 2011 AP NFL Offensive Player of the Year Tuesday night, marking the second time the quarterback has won the award in his career. Brady totaled 21 votes, easily beating out the Philadelphia Eagles' Michael Vick, who finished second, with 11 votes. After the announcement, Brady was quick to give credit to his teammates. 

"I feel our team really grew together over the course of the season. It was a privilege to be a part of this team," Brady said, according to The Associated Press. "My only disappointment is that we couldn't take advantage of our opportunity in the playoffs, but hopefully we learn from that and use it as motivation toward accomplishing our goals for next season."

He added that the team's success was thanks to "a collective effort by the group of skill players that we have and the offensive line."

Brady finished the 2010 season with 3900 yards and an NFL-leading 36 touchdowns (while throwing just four interceptions). He led the Patriots to the best regular season mark in the NFL (14-2) but they were unable to get past the New York Jets in the Divisional Round. We learned after the playoff loss that Brady played all season with a stress fracture in his foot that only got worse as the season progressed. 

"It's just something that's been lingering a little bit," Brady said on NFL Network's "NFL Total Access" after the award was announced. "But over the course of the season, a lot of players throughout the league, a lot of players on our team, deal with these type of injuries. I think part of having a little bit of mental toughness is putting those thoughts aside and still going out and trying to perform your best each week."

This likely makes Brady the favorite to take home his second Most Valuable Player award, which will be announced Sunday. Brady was the AP Offensive Player of the Year and MVP for the 2007 season.


Tom Brady Named NFL's 2011 AP Offensive Player Of The Year Over Michael Vick, Arian Foster

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady has been announced as the Associated Press’ 2011 Offensive Player of the Year with 21 votes, nearly doubling the 11 votes received by Philadelphia Eagles QB Michael Vick. Houston Texans RB Arian Foster led all non-quarterbacks with seven votes, followed by San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers, Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White, Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, and Eagles WR Desean Jackson.

At one point Brady threw 355 passes without an interception, leading the Pats to an NFL-best 14-2 record. He led the league in touchdowns while protecting the ball as well as any quarterback ever has, all despite playing in an offense that was supposed to slump without WR Randy Moss. So much for that.

He was also the AFC’s highest Pro Bowl vote-getter and the only unanimous AP All-Pro. The NFL MVP will be announced Sunday — Brady has to be considered the front-runner for that award as well.

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2011 AP NFL Offensive Player Of The Year: Tom Brady, Michael Vick, Or Philip Rivers?

The NFL will announce the Associated Press' 2011 Offensive Player of the Year award winner tonight on NFL Network. NFL Total Access is the show on which the award will be presented, though if last night is any indication it won't be announced until after 8 pm ET.

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady is the front-runner, already winning Offensive Player of the Year awards from Sporting News and elsewhere. Despite playing on a fractured foot, he threw 3,900 yards, led the NFL in touchdown passes, and was picked off only four times. And since voting was concluded before the playoffs, New England's one-and-done postseason won't count against him.

Philadelphia Eagles QB Michael Vick is also in the running, along with San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers and Houston Texans RB Arian Foster. Rivers led the league with 4,710 yards passing and Foster with 2,220 yards from scrimmage, but neither of their teams made the playoffs. Hey, I'm not voting here. You know that kind of thing matters to voters.

Vick's candidacy will be hampered by his only playing 12 games. If he'd played all 16, performing at a rate consistent with the rest of his season, he'd have ended up with about 1,000 more total yards than Brady.

That's one thousand.

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