Packers/Favre- media attention
Considering there are what, 32 votes 4 votes is 13% of the votes. If he had a one vote lead going into the last week that is a pretty big swing if you ask me. But who cares, that season is long gone and he didn't win it. The definition of MVP may be the player that is most valuable to their teams success, but that has never been how it has been dished out, it's all about stats and winning!
Oakland Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon can add another honor to his record-setting season: NFL Most Valuable Player.
Gannon received 19 votes to edge Green Bay's Brett Favre on Wednesday, a satisfying achievement for a player who wasn't even wanted out of college, spent much of his 15-year career as a journeyman, and even sat out a season.
Favre, the only three-time winner of The Associated Press MVP award, got 15 votes from the nationwide panel of 48 sports writers and broadcasters who cover the NFL.
Gannon established an NFL mark this season for completions (418) and also connected on 21 consecutive passes in a victory over Denver that ended a four-game losing streak and started a five-game winning string.
Gannon led the league with 4,689 yards passing, helping the Raiders top the AFC West at 11-5 and earn home-field advantage for the playoffs.
"What I achieved is what the football team has achieved," Gannon said. "Without all the skill people like Tim Brown and Jerry Rice and Charlie Garner and the tight ends and the other wide receivers and runners and the line, and the coaching staff, I would never be in the position to make those plays."
AP NFL MVP VOTING
The voting for the 2002 NFL Most Valuable Player selected by The Associated Press in balloting by a nationwide panel of the media:
Rich Gannon, Oakland 19
Brett Favre, Green Bay 15
Steve McNair, Tennessee 11
Priest Holmes, Kansas City 1
Derrick Brooks, Tampa Bay 1
Michael Vick, Atlanta 1
His modesty notwithstanding, the 37-year-old Gannon made as many plays as anyone. He completed 67.6 percent of his passes for 26 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Gannon's 97.3 rating was second in the NFL to the Jets' Chad Pennington.
Gannon's 10 300-yard passing games this season set a record. He is one of only four quarterbacks with 400 completions -- Warren Moon had 404 in 1991, and Drew Bledsoe had 400 in '94.
Gannon never lost faith in his abilities, even though he was traded by the New England Patriots just two weeks after they drafted him out of Delaware in the fourth round. He went on to play for Minnesota (1987-92), Washington ('93), sat out the 1994 season, then became an effective starter in Kansas City from 1995-98.
He left the Kansas City Chiefs as a free agent after four seasons in 1999, and he's been a sensation in Oakland, where the Raiders had the top-ranked offense this season.
Tennessee quarterback Steve McNair finished third with 11 votes. He battled injuries all season, even going several weeks without practicing, then playing on the weekend.
Next in the voting were Kansas City running back Priest Holmes, Atlanta quarterback Michael Vick and Tampa Bay linebacker Derrick Brooks, each with one vote.
Favre thought his disappointing performance in the season finale against the Jets hurt his chances.
"I mean, it wasn't upsetting. Gannon was deserving of it," Favre said. "McNair was deserving of it. If I'd have won it, fine, great. But it ain't the end of the world."
Gannon is the third Raiders player to win the award, after QB Kenny Stabler in 1974, and RB Marcus Allen in 1985.
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