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Thursday, January 05, 2006

Alexander Named NFL MVP!!!

From Seahawks.com:

The way things are going, we might just hear Casey Kasem on national radio talking about the Seattle Seahawks in the same manner as hot record albums, as in “the hits just keep on coming.”

In the middle of their bye week headed into the second round of the NFC playoffs, the Seahawks, the NFL and the rest of the sporting world were informed that Seahawks tailback Shaun Alexander was named the NFL’s Most Valuable Player Thursday by a vote of 50 media members.

Alexander garnered 19 votes, followed by Peyton Manning (13), Tom Brady (10), Tiki Barber (6) and Carson Palmer got the last two. The basis of the vote was obvious as the Seahawks took the NFC by storm with a 13-3 record, and Alexander stressed it was a team award. And indeed, the offensive line, quarterback Matt Hasselbeck and blocking fullback Mack Strong were instrumental in the 28-year-old Alexander leading the NFL in rushing with 1,880 yards and setting an NFL record with 28 touchdowns.

“Just to be mentioned with those guys is exciting for me,” Alexander said. “That’s what I try to shoot for is to try to be mentioned with those guys. I think overall, it’s our team. Our team has done stuff Seattle has never seen before. And we’re not done. We’re excited about the rushing title, we’re excited about the scoring title, and we’re excited about the MVP.

“But the thing we’re most excited about is not playing in the first round this week, and then being able to win two games and be able to go to Detroit (for the Super Bowl). That’s the goal we’ve always wanted. These are the kind of things - for us to get there – that are going to have to be done. Winning 13 games, guys getting hot on the field and us playing as a nucleus, that’s why it’s happened.”

This award caps an extraordinary run for Alexander, the first Seahawk player to win the award in the 30-year history of the franchise. He became the only player in NFL history to score at least 15 touchdowns in five consecutive seasons, became only the fourth to have at least 20 in successive seasons, and he’s the first running back to win the award since Marshall Faulk was named in 2000.

In only his sixth season, nobody has spent more time watching Alexander grow within the team than Strong, who sets the table as a Pro Bowl fullback leading him through the holes.

“He was on mission this year - it was incredible,” Strong said. “Every week he just came to play hard and performed. Obviously, he’s a big reason why we got the bye this week, and we’re already in the second round of the playoffs. No doubt everybody takes pride in the success that individuals have had this year. This is no different. I think everybody on this team feels super-excited for Shaun and the accomplishments he’s had on the field, and that he’s been voted MVP. It’s amazing.”


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