Displaying the acumen of Green Bay Packers General Manager Ted Thompson, the Associated Press named Seattle Seahawks running back Shaun Alexander the NFL's Most Valuable Player on Thursday.
Alexander represents Thompson's first NFL draft selection while serving as Seahawks Vice President of Football Operations. Thompson chose him with the 19th overall pick in the 2000 draft.
In 2005 Alexander enjoyed one of the most successful seasons ever by a running back. He rushed for 1,880 yards and a single-season NFL record of 28 touchdowns.
Alexander earned 19 votes from a nationwide panel of 50 sportswriters and broadcasters who cover the NFL. Peyton Manning, the Indianapolis Colts quarterback and winner of the last two MVPs, finished second with 13 votes.
With his record-breaking 2005 season, Alexander became the only player in NFL history with at least 15 touchdowns in five straight seasons.
He broke Kansas City Chiefs running back Priest Holmes' mark of 27 touchdowns with his one-yard run against the Packers in Week 17. The Packers held the MVP to 73 yards on 20 carries in that game.