It’s quite rare when an NFL player earns a unanimous vote for league MVP. Tom Brady did it in 2011. He was the first.
We’re heading in that direction. The NFL All-Pro teams were released today, and there was only a first-team quarterback, not a second-team quarterback. That means Manning received every vote.
The MVP vote is a little odd. There are 50 votes, but voters don’t rank their choices 1-2-3. There’s only one name allowed for each voter. Brady got all 50 votes in 2011. His 2007 season was historical — but he got 49 of 50 votes. The other went to Brett Favre, presumably from the same man or woman who thinks Favre should un-retire.
(Sidenote: Packers rookie running back Eddie Lacy is a second-team All-Pro. For a small fee — a new fly-tying table — I’m available to help with the draft this year, Broncos.)
This season Manning (above, on Thursday at Dove Valley) is the only sensible choice for MVP. Lobbying for Jamaal Charles or Russell Wilson or Nick Foles or Brady is simply an effort to be contrarian or get more clicks in Kansas City or Seattle or Philadelphia or Boston.
Media loves being a contrarian as much as they love buffet spreads.
But there’s hope for sensibility: media got the All-Pro quarterback right. This season there’s been only one.