Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been named the NFL MVP for this season. Rodgers, who had an outstanding regular season with the Packers, fell short in his attempt to win his second Super Bowl as the Packers lost the NFC Championship Game to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Rodgers led the Packers to the 13-3 record in the regular season and the expectation was that he would lead the Packers to the Super Bowl. "It's an honor to win this award for the third time," Rodgers said in a prepared video acceptance speech, per ESPN.
"2020 was definitely a crazy year filled with lots of change, growth, some amazing memorable moments, 180 straight days of having my nose hairs scraped, playing for very little fans or no [fans] the entire season. I got engaged, and I played some of the best football of my career.
Rodgers won the NFL MVP, Justin Herbert won offensive ROY
Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Herbert showed lots of talent and promise in his first season in the NFL and he was rewarded for it as he was named the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.
"Thank you to the Chargers organization, the Spanos Family, Tom Telesco and coach Anthony Lynn for taking a chance on a kid from Eugene, Oregon," Herbert said in a recorded video message. "Without them, none of this is possible.
While it's an incredible honor just to be in the conversation for this award, I know it's not possible without my teammates." Meanwhile, Washington Football Team quarterback Alex Smith -- who suffered one of the most gruesome injuries ever seen on a football field in 2018 -- won the NFL Comeback Player of the Year award.
"Two years ago, I was sitting in a wheelchair wondering, 'Had the life I had known changed forever?'" Smith said in a recorded acceptance speech. "Anger, pity, self-doubt, why me? These were feelings I had at certain points throughout my career, but this time, it wasn't about football.
It was bigger. It was about me being a father to play with my children, a husband to go on walks with my wife and, despite my new limitations, me getting my life back. "My goal was football, not because I actually thought it was a reality, but because I knew my life would be better because of it.
... It took 728 days, 728 days of small victories and major setbacks, of countless hours of physical therapy and just as many sleepless nights."