Aaron Rodgers or J.J. Watt: Who is the 2014 NFL MVP?

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Pro Football Talk

We saved the best of the 2014 awards for last.  Most Valuable Player.  MVP.

No one specifically knows what it means.  Best player in the league?  Most valuable to his team?  Most valuable to any team?

It’s ultimately a know-it-when-you-see-it proposition.  But it’s often in the eye of the beholder.  And maybe a few other clichés, too.

This year, PFT’s version of the award (which comes with no trophy or prize of any kind) goes to Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Rodgers continues to be arguably the best quarterback in the NFL.  His calming influence after a 1-2 start, with a well-known plea to “R-E-L-A-X,” helped turn things around.  He’d later out duel Tom Brady and generally outperform all other quarterbacks en route to a fourth straight division title for the Packers and the No. 2 seed in the NFC.  And if any doubt remained as of His Week 17, his one-legged performance against the Lions erased it — along with the failure of J.J. Watt’s Texans to qualify for the postseason.

The other finalists were Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, and Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch.