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Dave Goldberg
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Dave Goldberg

Covered the NFL for the AP for 25 years and now is a senior NFL writer for

No rush to judgment


OK, I'll buy. Michael Vick is the MVP de jour because he played Monday night and Tom Brady played Sunday night.

If the opposite had been true, this would be (or should be) about Brady.

And next week, if Vick stumbles and the Giants beat the Eagles and take over the lead in the NFC East, maybe we'll throw Eli Manning into the mix. Peyton's there every year so why not talk about little brother?

Come on, folks. This 24/7 is ridiculous.

Yes, Michael Vick is having an extraordinary season. His story is extraordinary -- no one expected him to come back to the NFL after 19 months in Leavenworth and play up even to what he did in Atlanta let alone surpass it. We all love redemption and Michael is redeeming himself.

But ...

I know I've said this before ...

Let's wait until the season is over before we make anyone the MVP.

A bit of history.

In 1997, I was the lead football writer for The Associated Press, which conducts the MVP balloting that's recognized by the NFL. For whatever reason (I think it was one of those things like "we've always done it this way") we conducted the voting after either 14 or 15 games. And the winner(s) were ...

Tie: Brett Favre (we know about him in this space, don't we?) and Barry Sanders.

Then in the 16th week, Sanders rushed for 184 yards, a win by the Lions over the Jets. It put him over the 2,000-yard mark and put the Lions in the playoffs (yes, folks, when they had Sanders, Detroit actually made the playoffs sometimes).

We heard from a few Favre voters, including a Detroit writer, Curt Sylvester, who had voted for Favre. (Not all media people are homers, something we tried to take into account in choosing our 50 voters.) Their complaint: if we'd waited until after the final game, they'd have voted for Barry and he'd have been the MVP alone.

The AP listened.

The vote is now taken after the final game.

So ...

I'm a voter.

Michael Vick is on my list.

So are a half-dozen other guys.

I'm waiting to see how the season plays out.

By Dave Goldberg  |  November 16, 2010; 3:12 PM ET  | Category:  Michael Vick , NFL , Philadelphia Eagles , Quarterbacks Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Lets not forget the jail time that Vick recieved and forget the voting for the hall of fame.One game does not make an athlete.There are much more deserving athletes out there that have served the community as well,and have shown humanity for there fellow man as well as animals.I don't condone giving people like Vick,Rothlesberger or any other athlete the accolades for once breaking the law or serving time in jail.Its sends a wrong message that our younger generation,can go out a commit crimes and yet still be praised for thier play on the field and be rewarded and honored at the same time.Hold off the verdict on Vicks or Rothlesbergers play until all the votes are in and the season is played out.

Posted by: ruru2000 | November 18, 2010 11:58 AM

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