By Tom E. Curran
DALLAS - For the second time in four seasons, Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady's been voted the NFL's Offensive Player of the Year by a 50-voter panel assembled by the Associated Press.
Brady, who played the 2010 season with a fracture in his right navicular bone (a foot thingy), used crutches to make his way in front of NFL Network cameras and conduct a quick interview.
During the interview, he acknowledged he had surgery on his injured foot "about 10 days ago."
"Over the course of the season, a lot of players throughout the league, a lot of players on our team deal with these type of injuries," Brady said. "Part of having a little bit of mental toughness is putting those things aside and still going out and trying to perform your best each week. I have a great training staff and my friend Alex [Guerrero] that works with me weekly. I'm in great hands and they were able to get me out on the field feeling good and I was able to go out there and help our team win the AFC East, which we're all very proud of."
Brady received 21 of the 50 first-place votes. Michael Vick of the Eagles finished second with 11 votes. Brady threw 36 touchdowns and four interceptions and set an NFL record for most consecutive pass attempts without a pick.
He also won the Offensive Player of the Year award in 2007 when he threw 50 touchdowns and only eight picks. Brady's the overwhelming favorite to win the MVP award as well. That will be announced Sunday.
The Coach of the Year award will be handed out Wednesday. I cast my vote for Bill Belichick but the field is loaded with excellent candidates.Tom E. Curran can be reached at email@example.com. Follow Tom on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tomecurran