Packers head coach Mike McCarthy and quarterback Brett Favre each received awards today during festivities at Super Bowl XLII in Phoenix. McCarthy was named coach of the year by Motorola while Favre was named FedEx Express NFL Player of the Year.
McCarthy, who also was named coach of the year in December by NFL Alumni, was selected as Motorola Coach of the Year from among five finalists by voters on NFL.com. The other finalists were head coaches Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots, Jack Del Rio of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Joe Gibbs of the Washington Redskins and Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers. McCarthy and Belichick each were named Motorola coach of the week twice during the 2007 season.
A record number of over 501,000 fans voted on NFL.com for the head coach whose game planning played the greatest role in his team’s success this season. Voting took place from Jan. 7-21 to determine the winner.
The Packers finished 13-3 in the regular season under McCarthy in 2007, securing the number two seed in the NFC and tying the Packers franchise record for wins in a season (13). McCarthy, who calls the plays on offense, led Favre and an offense that came in second in total yards per game (370.7), and total passing yards (270.9), and fourth in total points scored (450). Favre also set four records this year, including the most wins by a quarterback (160), most career touchdown passes (442), and all-time career passing yards mark (61,655).
To protect Favre, McCarthy employed the league’s only offensive line that used five of their own draft choices as starters. On defense, the Packers were tied for sixth in the NFL allowing only 291 total points, as well as tied for sixth in interceptions (19).
Green Bay is young and talented on defense, with only two starters - cornerbacks Al Harris and Charles Woodson - in their 30s.
On special teams, the Packers were able to rely on the foot of their rookie K Mason Crosby, who kicked 50-plus yard field goals in three different games.
McCarthy led the Packers to their first NFC Championship Game since 1997. In this postseason, the Packers defeated the Seattle Seahawks 42-20 on Jan. 12, before losing 23-20 in overtime to the New York Giants.
Favre named player of year by FedEx
The NFL today announced the winners of the fifth annual FEDEX AIR & GROUND® NFL PLAYERS OF THE YEAR AWARD at Super Bowl XLII.
Favre was named the FedEx Express NFL Player of the Year while running back Fred Taylor of the Jacksonville Jaguars was named the FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Year.
In honor of the winners’ great play, FedEx will donate $25,000 to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Foundation and Wolfson Children's Hospital (Baptist), the local children’s hospitals in each player’s market. In addition, Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation in Arizona will receive a $25,000 donation during the week of Super Bowl XLII.
Favre led the Packers to a 13-3 record and No. 2 seed in the NFC. Favre completed a career-best 66.5 percent of his passes (356 of 535) for 4,155 yards (fourth in the league), and threw 28 touchdown passes.
In 2007, Favre passed John Elway (148) for the most wins by a quarterback with 160, passed Dan Marino (420) for most career touchdown passes with 442, and passed Marino (62) for the most career games with three-or-more touchdowns passes with 63 career games.
Favre also eclipsed the all-time career passing yards mark set by Marino (61,361) with 61,655. His 82-yard touchdown pass to Greg Jennings against Denver on 10/29 was the second-longest overtime touchdown in NFL history, tying Tom Brady and Troy Brown on 10/19/03. Favre was nominated for six FedEx Express NFL Player of the Week awards in 2007, winning five times.
Taylor led the Jaguars to an 11-5 record and the No. 5 seed in the AFC by rushing for 1,202 yards (fifth in the AFC, ninth in the league) over only 223 carries (5.4 average) and scoring five touchdowns.
Taylor helped the Jaguars finish strong by finishing his season with five 100-plus yard games in Weeks 12-16, with one of his best performances coming at Pittsburgh rushing for 147 yards over 25 carries and scoring one touchdown to beat the Steelers, 29-22.
In 2007, Taylor became the 21st running back in history with 10,000 yards rushing (10,715). He also made nine receptions for 58 yards. Taylor was nominated for two FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week awards in 2007, winning once.
Favre and Taylor were selected from among six finalists in air and ground categories. The other FedEx Express NFL Player of the Year finalists were New England Patriots quarterback TOM BRADY and Dallas Cowboys quarterback TONY ROMO. Minnesota Vikings running back ADRIAN PETERSON and San Diego Chargers running back LA DAINIAN TOMLINSON were finalists for FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Year.
More than 1,000,000 fan votes were cast at NFL.com from Tuesday, January 8th through Wednesday, January 23th. After tabulating this season’s fan voting the six finalists were chosen by a panel of NFL experts.