At the NFL Honors ceremony, the Associated Press chose Tom Brady as the 2017 Most Valuable Player. This achievement makes the New England Patriots quarterback the oldest player to win the MVP award at 40 years and 184 days old. The profoundly accomplished football player now has three regular-season MVPs, four Super Bowl MVPs, five Lombardi Trophies (which could become six on Sunday), and one Comeback Player of the Year. Only 12 other quarterbacks since the 1970 merger past the age of 40 even started an NFL game. He is also just the fourth Patriot to have ever played at 40, joining linebacker Junior Seau (40 in 2009) and quarterbacks Doug Flutie (43 in 2005) and Vinny Testaverde (43 in 2006).
Brady received 40 out of 50 votes, with Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz receiving two votes and Rams tailback Todd Gurley tallying in at eight. Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman accepted the incredible award on his teammate's behalf at the ceremony, which took place in Minneapolis.
Patriot's coach Bill Belichick said, "There's no quarterback I'd rather have on my team than Tom Brady," leading up to Sunday's Super Bowl LII against the Philadelphia Eagles. If the Patriots win on Sunday, it will be Brady's sixth title to date. For the regular season of 2017, Brady was 385-of-581 for a league-high 4,577 yards, with 32 touchdowns and eight interceptions while leading the Patriots to a 13-3 record. This year, he also became the oldest player to lead the NFL in passing yards.
Brady will continue to break at least one more record on Sunday as the oldest non-kicker to play in a Super Bowl.