MINNEAPOLIS — One night before he hoped to add a sixth Super Bowl title to his collection, Tom Brady won The Associated Press NFL 2017 Most Valuable Player Award.

The four-time Super Bowl MVP of the New England Patriots also took the regular-season award in 2007 and 2010. He’s the fifth straight quarterback to win.

At 40, Brady had one of his best seasons with 32 touchdown passes and eight interceptions, a passer rating of 102.8 and, not incidentally, a 13-3 record to top the AFC. He did that despite missing his favorite receiver, Julian Edelman, for the entire schedule.

Brady earned 40 votes from a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the league.

That easily outdistanced Rams running back Todd Gurley with eight, and Eagles QB Carson Wentz with two. Wentz was considered a strong MVP contender before tearing up his left knee in Game 13.

Linebacker Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher, and wide receivers Randy Moss and Terrell Owens highlight an eight-person class voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Todd Gurley was named Associated Press 2017 Offensive Player of the Year.

Los Angeles Rams Coach Sean McVay was named the AP Coach of the Year.