Choosing the NFL MVP for this year wasn’t that difficult after all. There has been a panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the NFL who each chose between Green Bay’s QB Aaron Rodgers and New Orleans’ QB Drew Brees. The score was 48 against 2 choosing Rodgers. He is the first Green Bay player honored since Brett Favre concluded a run of three straight seasons as MVP in 1997.
He accepted the MVP trophy from the only four-time winner of the award, Peyton Manning. “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,” he added.
Rodgers also expressed his excitement to once again witness Peyton Manning back on field next year. Manning didn’t play a down this season because of neck surgery.
Although Brees didn’t get the MVP award, he won Offensive Player of the Year for the second time. Joining them were Baltimore defensive end/linebacker Terrell Suggs for the Defensive Player of the Year, San Francisco’s rookie coach Jim Harbaugh as Coach of the Year and Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford for Comeback Player of the Year.
An NFL season won’t be complete if they can’t give recognition to whom they consider as the pillars of NFL. They are those people who has played exemplary roles and displayed superb footballs skills in their time.
For this year’s Pro Football Hall Of Fame, the star running back of the Patriots and Jets for 11 seasons, Curtis Martin made it to the fabulous spot. Martin admitted that he never liked playing football at first and just chose to join the game to have an escape from his dark neighborhood environment wherein he could end up dead or live behind bars.
“If you make up your mind to just do the right thing no matter what … and you stick to it, which I did, this is how things can turn around. I feel as if my life turned around from what it used to be, and I think anyone has a chance,” Martin said.
Joining Martin are Chris Doleman, Cortez Kennedy, Willie Roaf, Dermontti Dawson, and senior selection Jack Butler.
Martin also acknowledge his former coach Bill Parcell that without his presence he couldn’t be who is right now. Parcell is among the finalists for the Hall of Fame but wasn’t able to make it. Martin would want Parcell to be present on his induction on 4th of August in Canton, Ohio.
In Martin’s football career he was rushing for 14,101 and 90 touchdowns, at least 1,000 yards in each of his first 10 seasons, the first three with New England and the others with the Jets, and won the 1995 Offensive Rookie of the Year.
Every American citizen has been looking forward for the upcoming Super Bowl XLVI this coming February 5 that would happen live at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis.
Some says the feeling is totally different when you’re watching it live in the stadium than merely watching it over live telecast. But the question would be how much are you willing to spend just to get that precious seat?
Looking back at the first Super Bowl forty-five years ago, the event wasn’t that extravagant compared today. It wasn’t even televised and even failed to sell out the tickets which at that time only cost 10 bucks.
It was just a simple NFL vs. AFL match that doesn’t even showcase a magnificent half-time show. Today’s Super Bowl is totally different. Months before the sought match, performers of the half-time show would reach headlines of several entertainment portals. Live telecast exists where ad slots cost millions. Tickets for the upcoming Super Bowl would cost you nearly $3,000 on the secondary market. Even the parking fee charges 200 bucks.
“What a difference it is between now and then,” says Don Vaccaro, the CEO of TicketNetwork.com and a veteran of the ticket industry. “I can remember when the NFL had trouble selling out the Super Bowl. Now, it’s the premier ticket in American sports. The prices reflect that,” he added.
In a typical Super Bowl match, only 1% of the number of tickets would be sold to the general public. Majority of it would be reserved to the affiliated companies, charities, networks and sponsors, the opposing teams’ fans and the rest of the league’s teams.
If you want to witness the Super Bowl live then make sure you’re ready to spend that much.
The entire game takes an overtime to seal in the sure win. It was a tough game to deal with along with the home court advantage but the New York Giants was able to pull everything through.
The San Francisco crowd had a great game but can’t cheer that much as their team wasn’t able to grab the NFC title.
Giants’ victory would somehow be attributed to Lawrence Tynes’ power kick. That powerful kick for the 31-yard field goal at overtime that Tyke did after Manning gave the final short dive which concluded the 20-17 victory over the San Francisco 49ers.
“It’s my second NFC championship game, my second game-winner,” Tynes said. “It’s amazing. I had dreams about this last night. It was from 42, not 31, but I was so nervous today before the game just anticipating this kind of game. I’m usually pretty cool, but there was something about tonight where I knew I was going to have to make a kick. Hats off to Eli, offense, defense. Great win.”
All in all, Manning finished with 32 of 58 for 316 yards and two touchdowns, Victor Cruz on the hand made 8 out of 10 interceptions and finished with 142 yards.
“It’s just been a tremendous effort by all of us, man, we understand that any one of us can get hot at any moment. As long as we’re all on the same page and just playing together, man, we’ve got a great group of guys,” Cruz said.
It’s not that much of a shocker but eventually, according to sources, Gregg Williams has accepted a position for the St. Louis Rams. He has been around the NFL world for quite some time and has proven a lot in his career. In fact, he has been sought after by a lot of teams that even lead New Orleans Saints’ head coach Sean Payton took a voluntary $250,000 cut in salary to help facilitate his signing with the team last January 15, 2009.
Williams being a defensive coordinator is known for running aggressive, attacking 4-3 schemes that would always give the opposing quarterbacks a hard time in every game.
Now he will working yet again with Rams’ head coach Jeff Fisher whom he worked with when Fisher was the head coach at Tennessee sometime in 1997-2000.
Williams career in NFL has a lot of ups and downs and was even fired twice but nonetheless, his defensive coaching skills has placed him in the pedestal. Teams were still fighting over his sign up in the recent NFL seasons.
On the other hand, it has also been rumored that Rams will be hiring former New York Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer and he already accepted the offer.