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It’s Monday, and you’re probably just emerging from the New Year’s daze. You’ve been reading column after column about the year that was, and you think it’s finally time to move on. Hold on. It’s time to announce Sports of Boston’s 2010 Player of the Year.
This year’s winner plays perhaps the most difficult and important position in professional team sports: the quarterback. No, we’re not talking about Brian Hoyer. The 2010 Player of the Year is Tom Brady, who set a handful of NFL records in his incredible season.
Brady led the NFL with 36 touchdowns and a 111.0 QB rating (fifth best all-time, he also has the 2nd best rating with a 117.2 in 2007), and also threw an NFL-low four interceptions. Only 0.8% of his pass attempts (492) were intercepted, which is the second best mark all-time if you count Damon Huard’s 2006 campaign, in which he only started eight games and was intercepted just once in 244 pass attempts (0.4%). But, Brady’s 9:1 (36:4) touchdown-to-interception ratio is the best in NFL history by far, even beating his mark in the 2007 16-0 season (6.25:1)
Regardless, Brady’s 2010 season rivals his record-shattering campaign in 2007 when he threw for 4,806 yards, 50 touchdowns and just eight interceptions. Personally, I think he’s playing better now than in that season, given all of the on-field turmoil he has faced with the Randy Moss drama, the trade of Laurence Maroney, and the loss of Kevin Faulk to an ACL tear. Also, this season’s divisional opponents are way better than they were in 2007. The Jets (11-5), Dolphins (7-9) had much better records in 2010 than they did three seasons ago (Jets were 4-12, ‘Fins were 1-15).
The numbers over Brady’s final eight games of the season (8-0) are staggering. He threw for 22 touchdowns and zero interceptions, extended his interception-less streak to an NFL record 335 pass attempts, and extended his NFL record win streak at home during the regular season to . He also broke and extended an NFL record that may never be broken: consecutive games with two touchdowns and no interceptions, which now stands at nine straight.
“In what should be his 2nd MVP season, can anyone doubt his supremacy in the league and future spot in the NFL Hall of Fame? A 4th Super Bowl is certainly in the mix with Brady under center.” – Erikk
“Brady is leading the charge in 2010, having one of the best years in his career behind only the magic of 2007. And he only has half the amount of interceptions from that year…Randy Moss’ departure turned out to be one of the best things that could happen for the Patriots. The itch to go for the bomb was no longer there, Brady got one of his favorite weapons in Deion Branch back, and he was able to recover the strategies and tactics that he used to win three Super Bowls (and I’m not talking about videotaping opposing sidelines).” – John