For the first time, the NFL went to prime-time network television to reveal its major player awards, and the big winner was Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
In a gala event held at Indianapolis’ downtown Murat Theatre, broadcast by NBC, and hosted by 30 Rock star Alec Baldwin, Rodgers won The Associated Press' Most Valuable Player award at the inaugural National Football League Honors on Saturday night.
Rodgers, who was MVP of Green Bay’s Super Bowl XLV win over Pittsburgh a year ago, was presented his first regular-season MVP award by someone who’s dominated headlines in Indianapolis this week—four-time MVP and Colts quarterback Peyton Manning.
“It’s exciting, it really is,” Rodgers said. “It’s something that’s obviously a goal. You want to be recognized for your play—being consistent, being a guy your teammates can count on.
“It takes a lot of players for one person to receive this award. I’m very grateful to the coaching staff and plan they put together, the guys I’m able to throw to, the guys that block for me.”