Ed: Team MVP Biggest Surprise Since '83
THURSDAY, 29 DECEMBER 2011 WRITTEN BY ED BOUCHETTE
The announcement today that Antonio Brown had won the Steelers MVP award in a vote by his teammates was stunning. I listed the candidates here this morning, led by Ben Roethlisberger, and never mentioned Antonio Brown.
Nothing against Brown, but he's not the team's leading receiver in yards, catches or touchdowns. In fact, he has three touchdowns, one on a punt return, and Mike Wallace has 8.
The fact that Brown broke the team record for all-purpose yards on Saturday may have pushed him into the forefront among his teammates when it came time to vote.
Brown, in his second season, did not start until the 10th game of the season when Hines Ward was demoted in Cincinnati Nov. 13. In the past nine games, he's topped 100 receiving three times and has led the team in catches and yards during that period.
What a story he's become, too -- first start Nov. 13, sets team record for all-purpose yards, makes first Pro Bowl and now this, voted the team MVP in maybe it's biggest upset since kicker Gary Anderson won the award in 1983.
I still think Ben Roethlisberger is their MVP -- take him away and they are not close to an 11-4 team -- but don't blame Brown for winning it. He obviously is popular among his teammates for many things and he's performed at a high level when given an opportunity.
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