As the NFL regular season nears an end, some MVC students predicted individual award winners and the teams that will square off in the February Super Bowl finale.
Cooper Trumbo, a senior education major from Huntsville, Ark., said Arian Foster, running back for the Houston Texans will win the MVP award this season. Trumbo said an MVP is someone who can contributes a large deal to his team’s success. He said an MVP should be a great all-around player who has very few weaknesses in his play.
Trumbo said he really likes what Coach Bruce Arians has brought to his team in Indianapolis. Arians took over for Chuck Pagano when news hit early in the season that he had cancer. Arians has taken the challenge of coaching a team that was 2-14 last season and has led them to a current record of 8-4. Therefore, Trumbo said Coach Arians will win NFL Coach of the Year at the end of the season.
Interestingly, Cooper Trumbo said a rematch from last year’s Super Bowl between the Giants and Patriots is in store as this season concludes. He said that, for the third time in six years, the Giants will beat the Patriots and win back to back titles. Cooper said the reason the Giants will win the Super Bowl is because they have shown over the years that they can win in pressure situations. He added that Giants Quarterback Eli Manning is a clutch performer and has enough playoff experience to lead his team to another championship. Trumbo said, “The Giants just know how to get the job done.”
Jason Cordova, senior business finance major from Strafford, Mo., is a huge believer in running backs playing a major role in a team’s success. Cordova selected Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings running back as his choice for MVP. It was also no surprise that he picked another running back to win the Rookie of the Year Award. He said Doug Martin from Tampa Bay will win because of his impressive statistical numbers and his ability to enhance his team’s play.
Jason Cordova made an end-of-the-regular season bold prediction. He said, “I think the Giants are going to go on a run and get to the NFC Championship.”
Cordova has taken notice of the consistent play of the Houston Texans and their 11-1 record so far this season. He believes overall they are the best team in the league and will win the Super Bowl over the San Francisco 49ers this season. Cordova said, “They have a great running game with an even better defense.” As seen in his MVP and Rookie of the Year selections, he strongly believes in a good running game to lead a team to victories.
Sitting around with friends and family to watch Super Bowl Sunday has become a major tradition almost like a holiday here in the United States. With that being said, not a whole lot of people think about how or what year this all started.
According to NFL.com, the first Super Bowl was played on January 15, 1967 with the Green Bay Packers defeating the Kansas City Chiefs at Memorial Stadium in Pasadena, Calif.
Josh Tinley, journalist for Midwest Sports Fans, wrote that the term “Super Bowl” was coined by Lamar Hunt, Kansas City Chiefs owner at the time. Hunt also founded the American Football League in 1959 which was separate from the National Football League. Hunt thought of the name after seeing his children play with Super Ball brand toys. Tinley also added that Lamar Hunt as well as NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle played a major role in merging the AFL and NFL together to make one league in 1970 which is the National Football League that exists today. From the 1966-1969 season, the AFL champion and NFL champion played one another in Super Bowl games but not until 1970 did they actually play as one complete league for an entire season.
In 2011, individual award winners including: MVP-Aaron Rodgers, quarterback, Green Bay Packers; Rookie of the Year-Cam Newton, quarterback, Carolina Panthers; Coach of the Year-Jim Harbaugh, San Francisco 49ers, said Michael Cellars, a writer for NFL Soup.
Last year, Super Bowl XLVI (46) was played between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots with the Giants prevailing with a strong performance from Eli Manning, Super Bowl MVP. Only time will tell who will win this season’s individual awards and who will win Super Bowl XLVII (47). Until then, MVC students can only enjoy making their selections to see who gets bragging rights as the 2012-13 NFL season comes to a close in February.