New England Patriots

Tom Brady reacts after winning the AFC Championship Game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Gillette Stadium on Jan. 21, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Tom Brady hopes to cap his excellent 2017 season with his sixth Super Bowl championship on Sunday. But either way, he will be able to call himself league MVP.

The Associated Press has named Brady the NFL’s Most Valuable Player for 2017, making it the third time the Patriots quarterback has received the honor. He last won it in 2010, and 2007 before that.

Brady led the league with 4,577 passing yards. He completed 66.3 percent of his passes (his second-highest mark since 2007) and threw 32 touchdown passes against just 8 interceptions. He finished with the league’s third-best passer rating at 102.8.

And, of course, the Patriots went 13-3 and won the AFC East for the 15th time in the last 17 seasons.

Brady becomes just the fifth player in NFL history to win at least three MVP awards. He joins Peyton Manning (who won five), as well as Johnny Unitas, Brett Favre, and Jim Brown with three each.

Obviously, the real award Brady wants is the Lombardi Trophy in the Super Bowl. But it can’t hurt to add a third MVP to his collection.

— By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

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