Aaron Rodgers’ 2014 season may be best remembered for the “R-E-L-A-X” comment he made on his radio show when Packers fans thought the season was going south after a couple of early losses. The Packers, led by Rodgers, stormed back making it all the way to the NFC championship game, coming within seconds of another Super Bowl.
Despite all the talk of J.J. Watt potentially winning the award after an incredible season on the defensive side of the ball, Rodgers was named 2014 NFL MVP Saturday night at the 4th annual NFL Honors award show.
“It’s special,” Rodgers said. “The award is about consistency and I feel confident in the way the preparation played out. The guys count on me to bring it every week.”
Rodgers’ perspective on the season?
“It’s disappointing, ultimately,” he said. “We were so close. When we look back on it, we’re going to take a lot of pride, but when you’re in Phoenix, there’s a game going on you’d rather not think about.”
Rodgers’ statistics in 2014 didn’t set the records his 2011 ones did, when he won his first MVP, but they were nonetheless impressive.
In the regular season, he completed 341 of 520 passes (65.6 percent) for 4,381 yards and 38 touchdowns with just five interceptions. That produced a passer rating of 112.2, second in the league.
He ranked third in the league in TD passes and threw the fewest interceptions of any full-season starter.
In winning his second league MVP, Rodgers joins two other Packers who have won the award multiple times – Don Hutson (1941-42) and Brett Favre (1995-97).