The New England Patriots have announced tonight that Tom Brady has won the AP NFL Offensive Player of the Year award for the 2010 NFL season. The receipt of the award seemed like almost a given, as does this season's MVP award-which is yet to be announced, as Tom Brady was certainly the most impressive offensive player in the league, bar none last season.
For a while throughout the season it looked as if Michael Vick might challenge Brady for both the MVP and the Offensive Player of the Year, but a late fall from grace-in the form of 6 interceptions and 2 losses over the final five games he played, coupled with 4 missed games took Vick out of contention, leaving Tom Brady on a level all his own.
Tom Brady had one of the most-if not the most-impressive statistical regular seasons of his career, and maybe of all time. He threw for 3,900 yards and 36 touchdowns with only 4 interceptions. He also put together the longest streak of attempts during the regular season without throwing an interception-a streak that spanned the final 11 games of the season and will continue into next season. (Although he did throw a pick in the playoffs the regular season streak will continue.) He did all of this without a "homerun" type of receiver at his disposal, and all while rebuilding an offense after the organization traded away Randy Moss in the middle of the season.
There was nobody else even close to Brady in terms of offensive performance this season if you ask me. Even without the interceptions in his final 5 games, Vick only played 3/4 of a season this year, you can't possibly say 75% of one guy is better than 100% of Tom Brady-can you?
The 33 year old New England QB was also named the offensive player of the year in 2007, and was named the MVP in that same year. He has been named Superbowl MVP twice before as well (2001, 2003). With 2 MVP's and 3 Superbowl rings, Brady is not only filling his trophy case but also building his legend and cementing his place in history among the other football immortals in the Hall of Fame someday.