Rodgers voted NFL MVP

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers smiles after the Packers defeated the New York Giants...

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers smiles after the Packers defeated the New York Giants in their NFL football game in East Rutherford, New Jersey, Dec. 4, 2011. (REUTERS/Mike Segar)

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INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers was named the NFL's Most Valuable Player Saturday, as voted by the Associated Press.

Rodgers won the award in a landslide as he received 48 of the 50 possible votes from a national media panel. New Orleans QB Drew Brees, who was honored as the league's top offensive player, got the other two votes.

In 2011, Rodgers set the NFL single-season record for passer rating (122.5) and set team marks for touchdown passes (45), passing yards (4,643), completion percentage (68.3), yards per attempt (9.25), touchdown/interception ratio (7.5) and 300-yard games (eight).

The Super Bowl champions following the 2010 season, Rodgers helped to lead the Packers to the NFC North title this season with a 15-1 record.

He's the fifth Packers player to be honored as league MVP, joining Brett Favre (1995-97), Paul Hornung (1961), Jim Taylor (1962), and Bart Starr (1966).

MILLER, NEWTON GARNER ROOKIE AWARDS

Denver linebacker Von Miller and Carolina quarterback Cam Newton were named the defensive and offensive Rookies of the Year, respectively, for the 2011 season.

The voting, as conducted by the Associated Press, saw Miller receive 39 of 50 total votes. San Francisco linebacker Aldon Smith obtained the other 11 votes.

Miller becomes the second Denver player to win a Defensive Rookie of the Year award, joining linebacker Mike Croel (1991). Miller, the second overall pick of the draft out of Texas A&M, had 64 tackles and 11 1/2 sacks during the season. He played the final four games with a cast to protect his surgically repaired right thumb.

Newton, the top overall draft selection, threw for 4,051 yards and 21 touchdowns against 17 interceptions. He became the first QB in league history to pass for over 4,000 yards and rush for over 500 in the same season. Newton ran for 706 yards while breaking Steve Grogan's 35-year-old NFL record for rushing touchdowns in a season by a quarterback with 14.

Newton received 47 votes to run away with the honor, placing well ahead of Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton, who got the other three votes. He's the first Panther to capture the honor. Defensive end Julius Peppers was named AP Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2002.

49ers' Jim Harbaugh wins coaching honor

San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh has won the NFL Coach of the Year, in voting conducted by the Associated Press.

Harbaugh, who wrapped up his first season as a head coach with a 13-3 regular season mark and the NFC West title, got 45 votes from a national media panel. Green Bay's Mike McCarthy got three votes and Denver's John Fox the other two.

The 48-year-old Harbaugh is the third 49er to receive the top coaching honor. Bill Walsh won the award in 1981 and Dick Nolan in 1970.

Harbaugh led the 49ers to their first playoff berth since 2002. The 49ers earned a dramatic 36-32 win over New Orleans in the divisional round of the playoffs before falling to the New York Giants in overtime in the NFC title game.

Baltimore LB Suggs honored as top defensive player

Baltimore outside linebacker Terrell Suggs was named the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year Saturday, as voted by the Associated Press.

Suggs had 14 sacks among his 70 tackles to help lead the Ravens to a 12-4 record and the AFC North title. He picked up 21 votes, while Minnesota defensive end Jared Allen, who led the league with 22 sacks, got 14 votes.

This is the fourth time since 2000 that a Ravens player has been honored as the league's top defensive player. Linebacker Ray Lewis won the award in 2000 and 2003, and safety Ed Reed garnered the honor the following year.

For the 2011 season, Suggs also had a pair of interceptions and seven forced fumbles.

Detroit QB Stafford named Comeback Player of the Year

Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford was named the NFL's Comeback Player of the Year Saturday, as voted by the Associated Press.

Stafford, who threw for a career-high 5,038 yards and 41 touchdowns against 16 interceptions in 2011, led the Lions to a 10-6 record and their first playoff berth since 1999. Detroit lost to New Orleans in the wild card round.

Stafford obtained 21 votes to outdistance Cleveland linebacker D'Qwell Jackson, San Francisco QB Alex Smith, Carolina wide receiver Steve Smith, along with Denver defensive end Elvis Dumervil, New England defensive end Andre Carter and New York Giants QB Eli Manning.


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