Give it to Favre. Give it to Romo. Give it to Peterson. Heck, even give it to the guy who turned Michael Vick in. But Tom Brady cannnot win the NFL MVP.
Why? Well, let’s say that this was a marathon, say, the Boston Marathon. You are running. You take off at the starting gun like everybody else. But then, you notice that a runner next to you has hurried over to the side of the road. A cab pulls up and the cabbie, a guy named, oh, I don’t know, let’s say, Bill, opens the door. That other runner jumps inside the cab and off they go down the road ahead of all the runners, following the race course.
Some four or five miles later, racing officials pull the cab over, slap the driver on the wrist, scold him and tell him that he is in big trouble next year. They do not, however, take his cab from him. Then they make the runner jump out of the cab and resume the race. But by now, however, this runner is miles ahead of the runners who were abiding by the rules and did not cheat to get ahead.
So the runners complete the course, and who do you suppose wins the race? Why, it is the one who got the unfair lift, of course.
How would you feel if this happened to you? Would you say that it would be fair to declare as the winner the runner that benefited by Bill’s cab ride?
Of course not! For we all know that this is blatant cheating. And so is New England’s deliberate and blatant actions, of which they already stand convicted of by the NFL. Yet, how can an individual who benefited greatly by the cheating actions of his superiors still be named league MVP? It is ridiculous! It cannot be allowed to happen. There can be no good fruit from a poison tree.
Hey, I’m a Packer fan. But I don’t need Bret Favre to win the MVP this year. This isn’t about that. Favre’s place in the hearts of the Green Bay Packer family is secure. His place in the Packer Hall of Fame is secure. His place in Canton, Ohio is secure. Favre’s season this year is already enough for him to go out on his terms, in a hail of down-range bullets, and a blaze of glory.
But every time Favre actually won the league’s MVP, he deserved it. He didn’t get his stats padded by rigging cameras in the opposing team’s locker room, or hacking into their defensive coordinator’s computer to spy out a game plan. And every other player who has won the MVP (New England Patriot players, excepted) got the award not by achievement and underhandedness, but just by achievement.
So if Tom Brady wins the league’s MVP this year, who wins it next year? A guy from the team who starts paying off opposing players for game plan information? How about a guy from the team that sends in a mole? Maybe a guy from the team who plants tiny microphones in the opposing coach’s jacket?
If Tom Brady wins the NFL MVP, the NFL is, thusly, sanctioning and rewarding cheating. Such a move would be telling the NFL community that it is ultimately acceptable to take underhanded advantage in an NFL contest, regardless of a wrist slap. Perhaps next year the Patriots will then be bringing some former CIA operatives on staff so that New England can get really good at the craft. Where does this all end? I thought this new NFL Commissioner was going to be tough, set high standards, and enforce them.
If Tom Brady wins the NFL MVP, then the world should apologize to Pete Rose, should retroactively give Rose several MLB MVP awards, and should induct him into the baseball Hall of Fame immediately. And then Tom Brady should give his NFL MVP trophy to Pete Rose, for Rose’s violations were misdemeanors compared to the Bill Belichick’s egregious felonies.
Heck, just give the NFL MVP to Pete Rose. He deserves it more than any player from an NFL team convicted of cheating.