Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady were central to any discussion of this year’s NFL MVP.
The regular season is now over and that means the cases are on the table to be decided.
Rodgers, who won last year, didn’t have the traditional stats to match Brady.
But he was effective on the pitch and a new development essentially proves he will be named MVP for the fourth time in his career.
This development is the denomination of the 2021 All-Pro team.
All-Pro selections are out.
Some notable, the rest in the attached images.
QB – Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady
RB – Jonathan Taylor
Edge: TJ Watt, Myles Garrett, Robert Quinn, Maxx Crosby
CB: Trevon Diggs, Jalen Ramsey, JC Jackson, AJ Terrell, Darious Slay pic.twitter.com/o6lNCyIc8k
– Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) January 14, 2022
Rodgers earned first-team All-Pro honors at quarterback against Brady.
And since the same AP voters decide the NFL MVP, that should be a good indication that the award is locked in.
Noting potential MVP challengers
Brady has always been Rodgers’ best competition this season.
But both Jonathan Taylor and Cooper Kupp have had impressive seasons to warrant a few votes as well.
The problem for each of their cases is that the award has become reserved for quarterbacks over the past decade.
So it would take a historically monumental season to edge out one of the league’s best signallers.
Taylor’s Indianapolis Colts didn’t even make the playoffs, and Kupp had Matthew Stafford throw the ball to him all year.
Both had fantastic years, but the value of their respective teams is tough when it comes to a competition with legendary quarterbacks.
Rodgers got 34 votes and Brady 16.
Rodgers Got More 1st Team All-Pro Votes Than Brady, You Love To See It pic.twitter.com/Qt2FdDiwkj
— Z 🐻 (@Gr3tzie) January 14, 2022
The MVP race being different would come as a shock and the only change will be other players appearing in the results.
Both Taylor and Kupp were unanimous All-Pro selections, so they will definitely appear in the MVP race.
Rodgers is now a first-team All-Pro for the fourth time and looks set to win his fourth MVP award.
If he continues to play beyond this season, his legacy can only grow exponentially.