Warner took the reins after a preseason injury to Trent Green, and went on to have one of the best seasons by a quarterback in NFL history. Leading "the Greatest Show on Turf," Warner threw for 4,353 yards and 41 touchdowns. He capped his first season as a starter in the NFL with a victory in Super Bowl XXXIV (and the game's MVP award).
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Marshall Faulk (STL)
Despite missing two games due to injury, Faulk led the Rams in receptions (81), rushed for 1,359 yards, and set a new NFL record with 26 touchdowns, while also averaging 5.4 yards per carry on the season.
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Kurt Warner (STL)
Warner earned his second league MVP in 2001, when he threw a league-high 36 touchdown passes and racked up 4,830 passing yards -- second only to Dan Marino at the time. Warner again led the Rams to the Super Bowl, where they lost to an upstart Patriots team.
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Rich Gannon (OAK)
Fifteen years after breaking into the league, Rich Gannon found his greatest success in Jon Gruden's West Coast offense. Gannon led the Raiders to the Super Bowl, throwing for 4,689 yards and 26 touchdowns.
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Steve McNair (TEN) and Peyton Manning (IND)
Manning led the Colts to a 12-4 record and the AFC Championship. He led the league with 4,267 passing yards and threw 29 touchdowns. Two of those victories came against AFC South rival Tennessee and Steve McNair, who had the best season of his career. McNair threw for 3,215 yards and had 24 touchdown passes, while also leading his team to a 12-4 record.
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Peyton Manning (IND)
In leading the Colts to their second straight 12-4 record and AFC Championship game, Manning threw for 4,557 yards, and set records for quarterback rating (121.1) and touchdowns (49) - which has since been broken by Tom Brady. It was the first time a player won back-to-back MVP awards since Brett Favre won three straight from 1995-97.
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Shaun Alexander (SEA)
Alexander led the NFL in rushing yards (1,880), rushing touchdowns (27), Pro Bowl votes, and points. He also became the first running back in NFL history to record 15 or more touchdowns in five consecutive seasons, had two four-touchdown games, and set the single-season record for overall touchdowns with 28.
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LaDainian Tomlinson (SD)
Touchdown records continued to fall in 2006 when LaDainian Tomlinson reached the end zone one more time than Shaun Alexander did the year before, notching 28 rushing touchdowns. Not only did LT rush for 1,815 yards, but he also caught 56 passes for 508 yards and three touchdowns for the 14-2 Chargers.
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Tom Brady (NE)
With a dramatically overhauled receiving corps that included Randy Moss and Wes Welker, Brady enjoyed what many have called the best season ever by a quarterback, and led the Patriots to a perfect 16-0 record. Brady finished the season 398-for-578 for 4,806 yards with 50 touchdowns (the most all-time), and a 117.2 passer rating.
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Peyton Manning (IND)
Peyton Manning joins Brett Favre as the only three-time winner of the award. Manning overcame offseason knee surgery to lead the Colts to a 12-4 record, including a nine-game winning streak to end the season.
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