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Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers Wins AP Athlete of Year

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

If there was ever a no-brainer, it's this -- Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been voted The Associated Press 2011 Athlete of the Year.

All Rodgers did this year was lead his team through the playoffs and to a Super Bowl victory in January and February, then after a few months off he's been at the helm as the Packers have gone 13-1 so far this season.

Rodgers received 112 of the 212 votes cast by AP members. Justin Verlander, who had a pretty good year himself, winning the American League MVP and Cy Young, was second with just 50 votes. Novak Djokovic, who won three of the four Grand Slam events in mens tennis, was third with 21 votes.

But the AP voters seem to lean towards NFL quarterbacks. Three of them have won the last five awards -- Tom Brady in 2007, Drew Brees last year and now Rodgers.