It has become clear over the last several weeks that the NFL MVP race turned into a two-man sprint. Tom Brady and Michael Vick.
There’s an argument that Brady cemented the award with his performance in Week 16, setting an NFL record with 319 consecutive passes without an interception. But that could have been argued three weeks ago. And Vick, deservedly so, also has his supporters. Because of their performances each week, this conversation seems to sway toward the player who most recently took the field. So maybe minds will change again Tuesday night.
While we found out last week who Vick would vote for, Brady was asked for his take during his weekly radio appearance Monday.
“My feeling, as always, is the most valuable player award in a team sport, to me that doesn’t make a lot of sense,” Brady told WEEI Radio. “I can understand you have a most valuable golfer or something like that. Michael Vick is a great player, and he’s the best player for that team. He fits what they do well. Peyton Manning fits what his team does well.
“Unfortunately, it’s really a quarterback award, not a lot of other great players get that recognition, which they probably should. There are so many great players in the league. You know, I guess it’s something they have to do. The only award I ever cared about is a Super Bowl ring.”
Without making a complete distinction off one simple question, it’s telling the way Brady formulates answers about his personal achievements. The mark of a leader has been aptly described as one who deflects praise and accepts criticism. That’s what we see repeatedly from Brady.