Feb. 4, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS - Former Cal quarterback Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers was named the NFL's Most Valuable Player for 2011 by the Associated Press on Saturday. Rodgers is the first former Golden Bear to earn the honor. The award was presented on the inaugural "NFL Honors" primetime special on the eve of Super Bowl XLVI Saturday night on NBC.
Rodgers earned 48 votes to two for New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees in balloting by a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the NFL.
"It means a lot to be recognized as a consistent player and contributing on my team," Rodgers said. "I think it's an award that relies on a player having the support of his teammates, obviously, guys blocking, guys running, guys catching, guys making plays. But I'm very honored to receive the award."
Rodgers followed up his performance last February in Super Bowl XLV that led the Packers to victory and earned him the game's MVP honors with a 2011 regular season in which he quarterbacked the Packers to a 15-1 mark, the NFC North regular season title and the NFC's top seed in the playoffs. Rodgers led the NFL with a 122.5 quarterback rating, while ranking second in touchdown passes (45) and completion percentage (68.3), and fifth in passing yards (4,643). All of the marks established career bests.
He was previously named the Male Athlete of the Year for 2011, while also earning AP All-Pro honors and a Pro Bowl selection.