I know most of the hype for the NFL’s MVP Award has gone to Tom Brady and his massive chin – or possibly one of his receivers – for leading the Patriots to an undefeated season. Some have also suggested that Brett Favre should win it for the incredible year he’s had in the twilight of his career. Allow me to offer an alternative to that line of thinking. How about we give it to the guy who led the NFL in rushing for the second consecutive season, carried a dead-in-the-water team to the third seed in the AFC and came up with big games and bigger performances when his San Diego Chargers needed them the most? Your NFL MVP should be LaDainian Tomlinson.
Now before you go dismissing me as a homer who doesn’t know a thing about football or what the MVP means, let me make the case for LT. Here goes:
-While his stats are down from last year’s record breaking totals, Tomlinson put up some great numbers. He rushed for 1,475 yards on 315 carries (a 4.7 average) and had 15 rushing touchdowns. He also caught 60 passes for 475 yards and three more scores and threw for a touchdown too.
-After rushing for just 328 yards during the team’s 1-3 start, LT stepped up and gained 1,147 yards on the ground as the Chargers won 10 of their next 12 games. Bear in mind, he only played in the first half of his team’s final three games. Oh, and his offensive line was banged up all year long, so he had to get used to different guys blocking for him for most of the middle of the season.
-LT did basically all of his work by himself. Without Randy Moss, Tom Brady doesn’t put up the numbers that he did. Without Tom Brady, Randy Moss doesn’t put up the numbers he did. For those of you who say Wes Welker should get consideration, you should seek professional help. As for Favre, he did it virtually on his own, but against inferior competition in the NFC North and he tailed off at the end of the season.
-Tomlinson overcame a shaky quarterback (Philip Rivers) and even shakier receivers (Chris Chambers is great but he is still getting in sync with Rivers). Teams stacked eight in the box on virtually every play against the Bolts. Brady has three Pro Bowlers on his offensive line and Moss is also headed to Oahu. Plus he had Donte’ Stallworth (46 catches) and Welker (112 catches) at his disposal.
-He’s the best all-around player in the league and when it’s all said and done he could be the best running back of all-time.
-Tom Brady’s life is virtually perfect and an MVP trophy is the only thing missing. I really don’t need another reason to hate the guy.
-Tomlinson also beat out Adrian Peterson for the rushing title by 133 yards. Have you seen that guy run? He’s a freak. And LT finished ahead of him. Amazing. But, Peterson only played in 14 ga–LALALALALALA NOT LISTENING!!!
-LT won it last year and it’s an election year. We should just re-elect the incumbent, it makes things easier for everyone.
-Tomlinson is the “Family Values” candidate. He’s never fathered a child out of wedlock, unlike some people.
-He’s also never done ads for Stetson.
-Apologies to Peyton Manning, but no player is more important to his team than LaDainian Tomlinson. Considering it’s the Most Valuable Player award, that should say a lot.
-Brady’s quarterback rating this season was an impressive 117.2. Tomlinson’s quarterback rating was a perfect 158.3.
-Lastly, LT led a Norv Turner-coached team to the playoffs and a division title. That should be enough right there. If he doesn’t win the MVP he should at least get some kind of medal for heroism or something.