Tom Brady Unanimous MVP
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady capped off an award filled year by being named the first unanimous choice for The Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player Award since the AP began using a nationwide panel of media members who cover the league.
"It is always flattering to be chosen for such a prestigious award," Brady told the AP. "But I also look at it as a team award, as nothing in football gets accomplished without the mental toughness and determination of every player and coach associated with that team.
"I am very humbled to be a part of an organization where winning comes first, and our goals are based around the success of the team."
Those successes, including three Super Bowl titles in the last 10 years, are in great part due to Brady's excellence.
Although he didn't set nearly as many passing marks as in '07, Brady by far was the league's top performer in leading New England to a 14-2 record, best in the NFL. He had a record streak of 355 throws without being intercepted, and passed for 36 touchdowns with only four picks. Brady also became the fastest QB in league history to achieve 100 regular season wins.
Along with the MVP award, Brady was also named starter for the 2011 Pro Bowl and a unanimous selection to the AP All Pro Team.