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Packers’ Rodgers a star in his own right

By Monique Walker
Globe Staff / February 8, 2011

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ARLINGTON, Texas — Aaron Rodgers became the 18th quarterback selected Super Bowl Most Valuable Player and the second consecutive signal-caller, following the Saints’ Drew Brees. He is the second Packers QB to win the honor, joining Bart Starr, who took home the MVP from Super Bowls I and II.

A combination of votes from 16 members of the Pro Football Writers Association of America, members of the electronic broadcast media, and votes via NFL.com helped determine the winner of the Pete Rozelle Trophy, which commissioner Roger Goodell presented to Rodgers yesterday. Rodgers received 17 1/2 of the 20 votes, while receiver Jordy Nelson received 2 1/2 and linebacker Clay Matthews had half a vote. More than 1.64 million fans cast votes.

Rodgers was later driven in a convertible through Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Fla.

“It’s a special day, it really is,’’ Rodgers said. “I didn’t get a lot of sleep, but it’s great to be able to celebrate. This is a team that came together and accomplished something special.’’

Ticket fallout The NFL dealt with a public relations nightmare Sunday when 400 fans showed up to Cowboys Stadium only to discover the seats they purchased in a temporary section were deemed unusable hours before kickoff. Yesterday, Goodell said those fans will be special guests of the NFL at Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis and will receive $2,400 for ticket reimbursement . . . For the second year in a row, the Super Bowl set a record for American television viewing. The Nielsen Co. said an estimated 111 million people watched the Packers beat the Steelers. That tops the 106.5 million who watched the 2010 game between New Orleans and Indianapolis.

Titans tap Munchak The Titans hired Mike Munchak as the franchise’s 16th head coach, deciding to promote from within to replace Jeff Fisher. Owner Bud Adams called the move a special day for the franchise; Munchak is the first former player to coach the team. “Mike has been successful at everything he has been associated with at our franchise,’’ Adams said in a statement Broncos receiver Eddie Royal is recovering from a hip operation. Team spokesman Patrick Smyth said the Broncos are hopeful Royal “will be ready for OTAs in late May.’’ Royal dealt with a groin injury all season.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report. Monique Walker can be reached at mwalker@globe.com.

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