Aaron Rodgers says Peyton Manning should win MVP

This year’s Most Valuable Player is perhaps the least cut-and-dry decision in recent memory. There are at least two legitimate candidates worthy of the honor, and seemingly no clear consensus.

Last year’s MVP, Aaron Rodgers, has already cast his ballot.

“You’ve got to go with the quarterback,” Rodgers told USA Today.

That quarterback would be Peyton Manning, who’s led the Broncos to 11 straight wins, a division title, and home field advantage throughout the playoffs as the AFC’s top seed.

Statistically, Manning is on par with Rodgers’ 2011 campaign, in which he threw for 4,643 and 45 touchdowns. Peyton’s numbers: 4,659 yards and 37 touchdowns, one year removed from a quartet of career-threatening neck surgeries.

Adrian Peterson, however, might have something to say about that.

The Vikings’ superstar ran for 2,097 yards — nine short of the all-time record — and 12 touchdowns in 2012, leading the NFL in yards from scrimmage by a wide margin: 350. More impressive is Peterson has done it by defying modern medicine, dominating six months after suffering a devastating knee injury.

Like Manning, Peterson is arguably the sole reason for his team’s success. Minnesota clinched a wildcard spot behind Peterson’s 199-yard outburst in Week 17.

While both men are more than deserving of the award — they’d split it in a perfect world — Rodgers’ choice proves quarterbacks of a feather indeed flock together.

(Photo: Charlie Riedel / Associated Press)

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  • joe

    Whats up with that Rodgers? Has your TE finley rub off on you for stupid or Jennings sister?? Biggest game of year and you throw gasoline on a RB that already runs through buildings to get a first down.Your defensive teammates are really liking that comment as he punished them already for 409yds in 2 games.Geez Mr Double check you would think would be the leader in keeping your yap shut.Very disappointed in the packers leader getting all sappy for manning.

    • Tombrat

      Which position lasts longer in the NFL, QB or RB? Shows which position is harder to excell at. To do what AD did with 8-9 in the box all the time was unreal! QB has a lot to do with his supporting cast, AD pretty much did his thing on his own. End of debate!

  • John

    Manning took a playoff team from a year ago to the playoffs again.
    Peterson took a 3-13 team from a year ago and almost single handedly increased the teams win total by 7. This shouldn’t even be up for debate. Peterson should be MVP, and also the “Comeback Player of the Year”

  • broncosheriff

    how did Peterson do tonight. 99 yards. why did they lose? They lost because they didn’t have a quarterback.. Peyton all the way.


    well if 11 guys werent in the box Peterson would have had more, and Tebow led the Broncos into the playoffs, shows how hard it is too do when you have a premade team in place.