Originally written July 16, 2013 on Football Nation:
I am amazed that so many MVP conversations focus on players who are surrounded by many other talented players. That seems to go against the most simple definition of the concept. Quite often, the winner is the player who put up the most gaudy numbers, such as Brady in 2007. Take away one of those very, potent weapons and then see what he would have done.Well, that is the point of this article; Adrian Peterson nearly broke the single-season rushing record on a team without a strong passing attack. Calvin Johnson was in the mix with his team-carrying and record-breaking performance on a Lion team that had little else going for it.This is why my early vote goes to Tom Brady of the New England Patriots. And these are the reasons why:1. Just like in 2006, when Brady had no recognizable receivers at his disposal, he will lead this corps of misfits like the transcendant master that he is. Brady may not even have a single receiver on opening day that caught a pass from him in 2012. That man...
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