GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Aaron Rodgers is the 2011 Male Athlete of the Year chosen by members of The Associated Press after his MVP performance in the Green Bay Packers’ Super Bowl victory in February and his stellar play during the team’s long unbeaten run this season.

Rodgers received 112 votes out of the 212 ballots submitted from U.S. news organizations that make up the AP’s membership. Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander finished second with 50 votes, followed by tennis standout Novak Djokovic, Carolina Panthers rookie quarterback Cam Newton and NASCAR champion Tony Stewart.

Rodgers is one of three quarterbacks to receive the honor in the past five years. The New Orleans Saints’ Drew Brees won last year and the New England Patriots’ Tom Brady won in 2007.

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Comments (5)
  1. ICON Tickets says:

    Congratulations Aaron! Packer fan or not, nobody can argue that you are the leagues top QB. We predict a repeat title for Green Bay. Can’t wait for February 5th!

    1. I don't understand? says:

      How about anyone from the Vikings? How many votes did McNabb get? er, i mean the rookie, what’s his name… Oh. Oh! i see. They were looking for “stellar play”, not shameful play. Got it.

    2. red says:

      don’t be so sure- no one expected KC to beat them last week. I thought for sure the Pack would win but yes Rodgers is a stellar QB

  2. Joe says:

    Don’t count New Orleans out just yet.

  3. B Grant says:

    Blah, blah, blah. Call me when he wins a WNBA Championship.

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