In yet another regular season award contest, the New England Patriots came out on top. In this case, instead of a single player or a coach winning an award, it was an entire group of players- the offensive line. The Patriots o-line won the 2010 Madden Most Valuable Protectors award for the job they did this season keeping Tom Brady upright and opening holes for Danny Woodhead and BenJarvus Green-Ellis, who rushed for 1,000 yards. This award is different from the AP awards being handed out this week. NFL fans, not sports writers, chose the winners of this award. Dan Koppen, Dan Connolly, and Mark LeVoir went to Dallas to accept the award from John Madden, who thought he was in town to meet Brett Favre (just kidding).
“It’s a tremendous honor,” said Koppen, the Patriots center. “A lot of work goes into the season and for a lot of guys, they don’t really want the recognition because basically if you get it, you probably did something wrong during the game — so it’s nice to get a little reward after the season for all the hard work that we put in during the year.”
You can view a video about the award and also a video from Madden himself by clicking here.
Tonight the winners of the AP Offensive and Defensive Rookie of the Year awards will be announced. While the winners will likely be Sam Bradford and Ndamukong Suh, respectively, it will be interesting to see if any PAtriots receive votes. CB Devin McCourty put together a strong rookie campaign, so he should garner a few votes, while TE Rob Gronkowski also put together a strong season but may be a long-shot in receiving votes. Stay tuned.