The night before he will lead the Falcons in Super Bowl 51, Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan received the highest individual NFL honor.
Ryan was named the 2016 league MVP during Saturday night’s NFL Honors awards show at Houston’s Wortham Theater Center.
The nine-year veteran was already named the 2016 MVP by the Pro Football Writers Association and was the first-team quarterback on the Associated Press All-Pro team before receiving the AP’s MVP award on Saturday. Ryan was also named the FedEx Air Player of the Year and the league’s Offensive Player of the Year on Saturday.
Ryan received 25 of the 50 votes with Brady coming in second with 10 votes. Surprisingly, Elliott tied Raiders quarterback Derek Carr for third with six votes apiece. Rodgers was fifth and Prescott, the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year, received one vote.
The NFL last month denied a report that Lady Gaga was prohibited from mentioning Donald Trump during her performance.
“The only statements that I’ll be making during the halftime show are the ones that I’ve been consistently making throughout my career,” Lady Gaga said this week in Houston, per the New York Times. “I believe in a passion for inclusion. I believe in the spirit of equality, and that the spirit of this country is one of love and compassion and kindness. My performance will uphold those philosophies.”
The artist did say the performance will have a unifying message.
“I don’t know if I will succeed in unifying America,” she said. “You’ll have to ask America when it’s over.”