August 10, 2012

MVP Profile: Tom Brady, 2010

Quarterback, New England Patriots



Age:  33
11th season in pro football & with Patriots
College: Michigan
Height: 6’4”    Weight: 225

Prelude:
A lightly-regarded sixth-round draft choice by New England in 2000, Brady got his chance when starting QB Drew Bledsoe was injured in the second game of the ’01 season. With the young quarterback showing surprising poise and leadership ability, the team surged in the second half and ended up with a stunning win over the St. Louis Rams in the Super Bowl. Brady was selected to the Pro Bowl, as he also would be in 2004 and ‘05. The Patriots won two more championships over the next three seasons, and he led the NFL with 28 TD passes in 2002 and 4110 yards passing in ‘05. In 2007, he passed for a NFL-record 50 TDs while also leading the league in passing yards (4806), completion percentage (8.7), yards per attempt (8.3), and passer rating (117.2). He was a consensus first-team All-Pro for the first time as well as league MVP and the Patriots went undefeated in the regular season – however, they were upset in the Super Bowl by the Giants. Brady’s 2008 season ended prematurely due to a knee injury in the opening game. He came back to throw for 4398 yards and 28 TDs in 2009 and was selected to the Pro Bowl for the fifth time.

2010 Season Summary
Appeared and started in all 16 games
[Bracketed numbers indicate league rank in Top 20]

Passing
Attempts – 492 [11]
Most attempts, game – 44 vs. Baltimore 10/17
Completions – 324 [9]
Most completions, game – 30 at Pittsburgh 11/14
Yards – 3900 [8]
Most yards, game – 369 at Chicago 12/12
Completion percentage – 65.9 [5]
Yards per attempt – 7.9 [5]
TD passes – 36 [1]
Most TD passes, game – 4 at Detroit 11/25, vs. NY Jets 12/6
Interceptions – 4
Most interceptions, game – 2 vs. Baltimore 10/17, at NY Jets 9/19
Passer rating – 111.0 [1]
300-yard passing games – 4
200-yard passing games – 10

Rushing
Attempts – 31
Most attempts, game - 5 (for 6 yds.) at Miami 10/4
Yards – 30
Most yards, game – 13 yards (on 3 carries) at Buffalo 12/26
Yards per attempt – 1.0
TDs – 1

Scoring
TDs – 1
Points - 6

Postseason: 1 G (AFC Divisional playoff vs. NY Jets)
Pass attempts – 45
Pass completions – 29
Passing yardage – 299
TD passes – 2
Interceptions – 1

Rushing attempts – 2
Rushing yards – 2
Average gain rushing – 1.0
Rushing TDs – 0

Awards & Honors:
NFL MVP: AP, PFWA, Sporting News
NFL Offensive Player of the Year: AP
1st team All-NFL: AP
Pro Bowl

Patriots went 14-2 to finish first in the AFC East and gain the top playoff seed in the conference while leading the NFL in scoring (518 points) and touchdowns (65). Lost AFC Divisional playoff to New York Jets (28-21).

Aftermath:
Brady had a seventh Pro Bowl year in 2011, leading the AFC with 5235 passing yards, 39 touchdowns, and a 105.6 passer rating. The Patriots won another AFC title but again fell short against the Giants in the Super Bowl.

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MVP Profiles feature players who were named MVP or Player of the Year in the NFL, AAFC (1946-49), AFL (1960-69), WFL (1974), or USFL (1983-85) by a recognized organization (Associated Press, Pro Football Writers Association, Newspaper Enterprise Association, United Press International, The Sporting News, Maxwell Club – Bert Bell Award, or the league itself). Also includes Associated Press NFL Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year.

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