New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady has once again been awarded the league’s highest individual honor. On Saturday night, The Associated Press awarded him as the 2017 Most Valuable Player at the NFL Honors ceremony.
Brady is now a three-time winner, having previously won in 2007 and 2010. At age 40, he becomes the oldest player to ever be named MVP. Peyton Manning, who was 37 when he won it in 2013, had previously held that honor,
Brady threw for 4,577 yards, with 32 touchdowns and eight interceptions in the regular season while leading the Patriots to the No. 1 seed in the AFC. While still impressive, Brady’s stats were not the best in his future Hall of Fame career. However, the manner in which he was able to compile them likely vaulted Brady into the league’s top spot. Aside from the fact that Brady turned 40 in August, the Patriots had to deal with injuries to key offensive players. Most notably, they lost receiver Julian Edelman to a torn anterior cruciate ligament in the preseason. He also struggled a bit with his own health. Brady was hampered by an Achilles injury, which was a factor in his slumping a bit as the season came to a close.
Despite these factors, Brady was exceptional this season. As usual, the Patriots signal caller produced another stellar performance and lead the Patriots to another AFC East title.
On Sunday, he will play in his eighth Super Bowl. No stranger to rewriting the history books, he will attempt to do something that hasn’t been done since 1999. Brady will look to win the MVP award and win the Super Bowl in the same season. Should he be able to do so, he will have earned an unprecedented sixth Super Bowl Championship with the Patriots.
–Mike D’Abate is a Managing Editor and National Columnist for Full Press Coverage Sports Media. He Covers the New England Patriots and the AFC East. Follow him on Twitter @mdabateFPC