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June 16, 2019

Super Bowl MVP voting revelation is a defensive disgrace

February 13, 2019

It’s worth arguing Julian Edelman didn’t deserve Super Bowl MVP.

He is a PED cheat, after all, and didn’t even score the Patriots only touchdown in that Sunday night snoozefest. (The Daily News’ Manish Mehta argued as much in his Monday column.)

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While it certainly wasn’t as egregious as Andre Iguodala earning NBA Finals MVP in 2015, many across the gridiron community were enraged over the voters selecting Edelman and his 140 receiving yards instead of a more-deserving Patriots defender.

“The offense only scores 13 points and they give MVP to Edelman but the D only gave up 3 points and [Stephon] Gilmore had forced a fumble, a int, 3 PBUs and 5 Tackles!?! Smh no respect for the masterpiece on Defense!” tweeted Jaguars defensive end Calais Campbell after the game.

Roger Goodell (L) awards the Super Bowl MVP to Julian Edelman. (Scott Cunningham / Getty Images)

As it turns out, no one on the other side of the ball for the Patriots received even a single vote for MVP, Sports Illustrated reported Tuesday.

Edelman’s title wasn’t unanimous, but he did receive the bulk of votes cast from the panel of 16, comprised of members of the Pro Football Writers Association of America, selected members of the electronic broadcast media and by fans interactively through NFL.com.

It’s likely Tom Brady, who posted his worst statistical performance in a Super Bowl win (21-35 for 262 yards and an INT), RB Sony Michel (95 yards and the game’s lone TD) and TE Rob Gronkowski (6 catches, 87 yards) earned the rest. No one else warranted much consideration beyond those three.

But as both Campbell and Mehta pointed out, Gilmore’s outing — which included a dagger interception late — proved to be more pivotal in the Pats’ sixth championship. Yet, we don’t see Gilmore or Dont’a Hightower (two sacks, two tackles for loss, three quarterback hits and a pass deflection) parading around Disney alongside Brady and Edelman.

Then again, only 11 non-offensive players have won MVP in the 53 years this game has been played, the last being Broncos linebacker Von Miller three years ago.

Defense may win championships, just not everything else that comes with it.

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