In early November, midway through the 2016 NFL season, the Pats Pulpit staff handed out its New England Patriots midseason awards. Three months later and coming off a Patriots Super Bowl victory, it is time to reflect once again and hand out trophies to those, who have earned them.
Today’s installment honors the most valuable player on the team – and the ultimate choice does not come as a surprise.
Patriots Most Valuable Player 2016: QB Tom Brady
Midseason winner: RB LeGarrette Blount
SlotMachinePlayer: QB Tom Brady
We might have had a pretty good season with Brady on the bench, but there's no way we have that post-season without the GOAT. 25 point deficit my A...unt Shirley!
Ryan Keiran (@Ryan_Keiran): QB Tom Brady
This is an easy one. 28 TDs, 2 INTs. 14-1 record, Super Bowl, SBMVP.
Brian Phillips (@b7phillips): QB Tom Brady
No explanation needed right?
Rich Hill (@pp_rich_hill): QB Tom Brady
Brady was the best player on the Patriots in the 15 games that he played and he led the Patriots to the greatest comeback in NFL history. No one else could do that on the biggest stage.
MichaelMcD831993 (@MichaelMcD8393): QB Tom Brady
No further explanation needed. If not for BS circumstances would have been the NFL MVP.
Oliver Thomas (@OliverBThomas): QB Tom Brady
Tom Brady would get his fourth Super Bowl MVP rather than his third NFL MVP, and it’s safe to say he wouldn’t have it any other way.
Matthew Rewinski (@SomeCallMeGoose): QB Tom Brady
Tom Brady. He's thrown more touchdowns before, he's been more fired up before, he's played on more dominant teams before. He's never, ever made it look this easy.
DMooreNFL (@DMooreNFL): QB Tom Brady
It's not really close. Threw for 28 touchdowns while only two interceptions during the regular season & did even better in the playoffs. He helped lead the Patriots single-handedly to many wins during the regular season and especially in the Super Bowl.
Taylor Kyles (@tkyles39): QB Tom Brady
He may have missed the first four games of the season, but Tom Brady had the best season of his career when he returned to the gridiron. Pro Football Focus did an excellent job breaking down just how dominant Brady was in 2016, when he earned the highest grade for a QB in the website's history. Catalyzed by his markedly improved mobility, ability to extend plays with his legs, and accuracy on deep passes, the 39-year-old squashed just about every knock on his game and led the Patriots to an 11-1 regular season record, culminating in a fifth Super Bowl victory and record-breaking fourth Super Bowl MVP award.
Kirk von Kreisler (@KirkNFL): QB Tom Brady
When Brady returned from his four game suspension, he appeared as if he had not missed a single week. Brady and the Patriots steamrolled to a 28:2 touchdown-to-interception ratio and an 11-1 record to close the regular season, and, ultimately, Brady led New England to their fifth Lombardi trophy.
Bernd Buchmasser (@BerndBuchmasser): QB Tom Brady
From the moment he stepped onto the field in week 5, it was business as usual for Brady. He was as efficient as he has ever been and elevated the entire offense around him. 15 games and the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history have once again shown why he, even at age 39, is still the best quarterback in the NFL – and the most valuable player on the Patriots.
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