Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers won’t win a second Super Bowl this season, but he did win his second NFL MVP award.
Rodgers was presented the award by Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning.
“It’s an honor to share this award with a man who has won this award more than anybody in history,” Rodgers said of Manning, who has been named NFL MVP five times.
Rodgers thanked Packers President Mark Murphy, general manager Ted Thompson, head coach Mike McCarthy, offensive coordinator Tom Clements and quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt.
Rodgers becomes the eighth quarterback in NFL history to win the award twice. The only other Packer to win multiple MVP’s was Brett Favre (1995-’97). Former Packers Bart Starr, Jim Taylor and Paul Hornung also come MVP honors.
Rodgers received 31 votes to beat Houston Texans defensive end and former Badger J.J. Watt (13).
Watt posted 20 1/2 sacks, 29 tackles for loss and scored five touchdowns, two on defense and three on offense. But Watt’s team didn’t make the playoffs, which made a different in the final vote.
Rodgers’ 112.2 passer rating was the second-best of his career. His rating of 122.5 in 2011 is a franchise best. He completed 341 of 520 for 4,381 yards, throwing 38 touchdowns and five interceptions.
The five interceptions is the lowest total in Rodgers career. He extended his streak of passes attempted at home without a pick to 418.
Rodgers led a Packers offense that led the NFL in points scored (486). The Packers finished 6th in total yards and 8th in passing yards
J.J. Watt did win the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year award earlier in the evening.