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NFL: Defensive Players That Have Won MVP (And MVPs By Position)

What Do The Fearsome Lawrence Taylor, Alan Page And...uh...Mark Moseley Have in Common?

What Do The Fearsome Lawrence Taylor, Alan Page And…uh…Mark Moseley Have in Common?

Linebacker Lawrence Taylor and defensive tackle Alan Page.

Out of 59 AP MVPs awarded, only those two gridders played defense.

And guess what, even one kicker (!) won the award. Mark Moseley of the (strike-shortened) 1982 Super Bowl champion 8-1 Washington Redskins.

Everybody else – all 56 – are quarterbacks and running backs. QBs make up 64.4 percent of the winners (38/59), RBs make up 30.5 percent (18/59) and that leaves those three guys mentioned above holding on to the last five percent or so.

You know what might be crazier than just two defensive players winning MVP (or that even a kicker has won one), though? Not one wide receiver has won the MVP, including the oft-recognized and NFL-recognized greatest player of all time, Jerry Rice.

No tight ends, either.

But can you say Rob Gronkowski? Rumblings from the masses and media are demanding his consideration for 2014. Has he been as much a key to the New England Patriots‘ surging success as Tom Brady?

Then there’s J.J. Watt, the Houston Texans‘ defensive end. He is in the running, officially.

Still, though, as usual, it’s Brady and Aaron Rodgers and even Andrew Luck and (of course) the reigning MVP, Peyton Manning, at the top of most rankings.

“OTHER” MVPs

POS. SEASON PLAYER TEAM
1. LB 1986 Lawrence Taylor New York Giants
2. K 1982 Mark Moseley Washington Redskins
3. DT 1971 Alan Page Minnesota Vikings

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QUARTERBACK MVPs

POS. SEASON PLAYER TEAM
1. QB 2013 Peyton Manning Denver Broncos
2. QB 2011 Aaron Rodgers Green Bay Packers
3. QB 2010 Tom Brady New England Patriots
4. QB 2009 Peyton Manning Indianapolis Colts
5. QB 2008 Peyton Manning Indianapolis Colts
6. QB 2007 Tom Brady New England Patriots
7. QB 2004 Peyton Manning Indianapolis Colts
8. QB 2003 Peyton Manning Indianapolis Colts
9. QB 2003 Steve McNair Tennessee Titans
10. QB 2002 Rich Gannon Oakland Raiders
11. QB 2001 Kurt Warner St. Louis Rams
12. QB 1999 Kurt Warner St. Louis Rams
13. QB 1997 Brett Favre Green Bay Packers
14. QB 1996 Brett Favre Green Bay Packers
15. QB 1995 Brett Favre Green Bay Packers
16. QB 1994 Steve Young San Francisco 49ers
17. QB 1992 Steve Young San Francisco 49ers
18. QB 1990 Joe Montana San Francisco 49ers
19. QB 1989 Joe Montana San Francisco 49ers
20. QB 1988 Boomer Esiason Cincinnati Bengals
21. QB 1987 John Elway Denver Broncos
22. QB 1984 Dan Marino Miami Dolphins
23. QB 1983 Joe Theismann Washington Redskins
24. QB 1981 Ken Anderson Cincinnati Bengals
25. QB 1980 Brian Sipe Cleveland Browns
26. QB 1978 Terry Bradshaw Pittsburgh Steelers
27. QB 1976 Bert Jones Baltimore Colts
28. QB 1975 Fran Tarkenton Minnesota Vikings
29. QB 1974 Ken Stabler Oakland Raiders
30. QB 1970 John Brodie San Francisco 49ers
31. QB 1969 Roman Gabriel Los Angeles Rams
32. QB 1968 Earl Morrall Baltimore Colts
33. QB 1967 Johnny Unitas Baltimore Colts
34. QB 1966 Bart Starr Green Bay Packers
35. QB 1964 Johnny Unitas Baltimore Colts
36. QB 1963 Y.A. Tittle New York Giants
37. QB 1960 Norm Van Brocklin Philadelphia Eagles
38. QB 1959 Johnny Unitas Baltimore Colts

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RUNNING BACK MVPs

POS. SEASON PLAYER TEAM
1. RB 2012 Adrian Peterson Minnesota Vikings
2. RB 2006 LaDainian Tomlinson San Diego Chargers
3. RB 2005 Shaun Alexander Seattle Seahawks
4. RB 2000 Marshall Faulk St. Louis Rams
5. RB 1998 Terrell Davis Denver Broncos
6. RB 1997 Barry Sanders Detroit Lions
7. RB 1993 Emmitt Smith Dallas Cowboys
8. RB 1991 Thurman Thomas Buffalo Bills
9. RB 1985 Marcus Allen Los Angeles Raiders
10. RB 1979 Earl Campbell Houston Oilers
11. RB 1977 Walter Payton Chicago Bears
12. RB 1973 O.J. Simpson Buffalo Bills
13. RB 1972 Larry Brown Washington Redskins
14. RB 1965 Jim Brown Cleveland Browns
15. RB 1962 Jim Taylor Green Bay Packers
16. RB 1961 Paul Hornung Green Bay Packers
17. RB 1958 Jim Brown Cleveland Browns
18. RB 1957 Jim Brown Cleveland Browns

Photos: USATSI via cbssports.combleacherreport.com / Vernon Biever via imageslides.com

NFL: Best Teams That Failed to Make the Postseason (11-Win Teams)

With Tom Brady Sidelined For The Season With A Knee Injury In Game 1 (Above), Matt Cassel Led The 2008 New England Patriots To An 11-5 Record - But No Postseason

With Tom Brady Sidelined For The Season Thanks To A Knee Injury In Game 1 (Above), Matt Cassel Led The 2008 New England Patriots To An 11-5 Record – But No Postseason

Pretty, pretty rare. That’s how often an NFL team has failed to make the postseason with 11 wins.

More specifically, five times since the playoffs were introduced in 1933 – and only twice since the 16-game schedule was introduced in 1978.

What about a 10-6 record? There must be plenty of teams that failed to make the postseason with that record over the past 36* completed seasons. Even teams that are 9-7 make the postseason here and there. Well, sort of.

According to my source for today’s post, the Pro Football Hall of Fame, just 21 teams won 10 games during this period and missed the playoffs. That averages out to a little more than one team (1.17) every other year.

Now, what about 2014? What is going on out there?

The same, and the opposite, too.

The AFC North’s worst record right now is 6-4. Another six AFC teams have at least that record. The NFC’s chances of producing a 10- or 11-win no-berth team are slimmer, but existent.

Meanwhile, look at the NFC South. The New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons are tied for first at 4-6. One of those teams might join quite the contrary list of worst teams to make the postseason.

TEAM SEASON W-L RECORD
1. Detroit Lions 1962 11-3
2. Green Bay Packers 1963 11-2-1
3. Baltimore Colts 1967 11-1-2
4. Denver Broncos 1985 11-5
5. New England Patriots 2008 11-5

* including 1987, which was a 15-game, strike/replacement-player season, and 1982, which was a nine-game, strike-shortened season; not including current season (2014).

Photo: boston.sportsthenandnow.com

Running Backs with the Most Rushing Touchdowns in a Game

Old-Time Great And Hall Of Famer, Ernie Nevers

Old-Time Great And Hall Of Famer, Ernie Nevers

Put the NFL (and fantasy football) on notice? In just his fourth pro game ever, New England Patriots‘ running back Jonas Gray ran for 199 yards and scored four touchdowns today against the Indianapolis Colts.

More than 50 RBs in the history of the game have rushed for four TDs in a single game, now including Gray.

Only seven have done better, and that’s including one player from the very first NFL season (1922) in a contest involving two teams that no longer exist, another from 1929 on the “Chicago” Cardinals and one AFL player.

Clearly, punching it in the end zone on foot more than four times in a game is just not something you see that often. We’ve been a bit lucky, though, as it’s also happened three times in the past two decades.

At the top of today’s list is the only running back to run it in a ridiculous six times. It’s Ernie Nevers on that Chicago team not named the Bears.

Everyone else here is at five, including The Man, Jim Brown.

  RUNNING BACK TDS IN GAME FOR AGAINST DATE
1. Ernie Nevers 6 Chicago Cardinals Chicago Bears Nov. 28, 1929
2. Jimmy Conzelman 5 Rock Island Independents Evansville Crimson Giants Oct. 15, 1922
2. Jim Brown 5 Cleveland Browns Baltimore Colts Nov. 1, 1959
2. Cookie Gilchrist* 5 Buffalo Bills New York Jets Dec. 8, 1963
2. Ricky Watters 5 San Francisco 49ers New York Giants Jan. 15, 1994
2. James Stewart 5 Jacksonville Jaguars Philadelphia Eagles Oct. 12, 1997
2. Clinton Portis 5 Denver Broncos Kansas City Chiefs Dec. 7, 2003

* AFL

Photo: icollector.com

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