Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers won the 2011 Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player award in a landslide.
Rodgers earned 48 votes to two for New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees in balloting by a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the NFL. The Packers star is the first Green Bay player honored since Brett Favre concluded a run of three consecutive seasons as MVP in 1997.
Rodgers led the NFL in passing with a 122.5 rating built on 45 touchdown passes, six interceptions and a 68.3 completion percentage as the Packers went 15-1 and won the NFC North.
• Brees, who shattered Dan Marino’s 27-year-old mark by passing for 5,476 yards, earned the Offensive Player of the Year award. His 468 completions broke Peyton Manning’s 2010 record of 450.
• Baltimore linebacker Terrell Suggs, the most dynamic player on the Ravens’ staunch defense, was named the Defensive Player of the Year.
• Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was named the Comeback Player of the Year.
The former Georgia star fought through injuries his first two seasons, then threw for more than 5,000 yards in 2011 to lead Detroit to its first playoff berth in 12 years.
• San Francisco’s Jim Harbaugh won the Coach of the Year award for leading the 49ers back to the playoffs in his first season.
• Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, who set an NFL record for touchdowns rushing in a season by a quarterback with 14 and became the first player in league history to throw for 4,000 yards and rush for 500, won the Offensive Rookie of the Year award.
• Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller beat out 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith for the Defensive Rookie of the Year award.
Miller racked up 64 tackles and had 11½ sacks.