Brown voted MVP by teammates

Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown was recognized for his outstanding play today by his teammates who voted him the team's 2011 Most Valuable Player. It is the first time in Brown's two-year career that he has received the honor, and he became only the sixth Steelers' wide receiver to win the award in the last 40 years.

Brown, who was recently named to his first Pro Bowl as a kick returner, broke the Steelers' single-season record for all-purpose yards (2,048). Brown also set career highs in punt returns (30), punt return yards (325), kickoff returns (24) and kickoff return yards (664). His 27.7 kickoff return average is the third-highest in the NFL. Brown was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his Week 12 performance, when he returned a punt 60 yards for a touchdown.

In addition to his success on special teams, Brown emerged as one of the Steelers' top threats at wide receiver. He surpassed 1,000 yards receiving for the first time in his career, and scored his first career receiving touchdown this season. Brown is also third in the NFL with 26 receptions on third downs.

Brown has come on strong during the second half of the season. In his last seven games, Brown has 29 receptions for 587 yards, which are both team highs. His 20.2 yards per catch average is good for second-best in the NFL during that span. Brown also led the team in either receptions or receiving yards for a seven-game stretch that started in October and ended in mid-December.

Brown is the first Steelers wide receiver to be named team MVP since Hines Ward in 2005.

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Following is the list of Steelers MVPs since 1969:

1969 WR Roy Jeffeson 1991 LB Greg Lloyd
1970 DT Joe Greene 1992 RB Barry Foster
1971 LB Andy Russell 1993 CB Rod Woodson
1972 RB Franco Harris 1994 LB Greg Lloyd
1973 WR Ron Shanklin 1995 QB Neil O'Donnell
1974 S Glen Edwards 1996 RB Jerome Bettis
1975 CB Mel Blount 1997 RB Jerome Bettis
1976 LB Jack Lambert 1998 LB Levon Kirkland
1977 QB Terry Bradshaw 1999 LB Levon Kirkland
1978 QB Terry Bradshaw 2000 RB Jerome Bettis
1979 WR John Stallworth 2001 QB Kordell Stewart
1980 SS Donnie Shell 2002 WR Hines Ward
1981 LB Jack Lambert LB Joey Porter
1982 CB Dwayne Woodruff 2003 WR Hines Ward
1983 PK Gary Anderson 2004 LB James Farrior
1984 WR John Stallworth 2005 NT Casey Hampton
1985 WR Louis Lipps WR Hines Ward
1986 LB Bryan Hinkle 2006 RB Willie Parker
1987 LB Mike Merriweather 2007 LB James Harrison
1988 LB David Little 2008 LB James Harrison
CB Rod Woodson 2009 QB Ben Roethlisberger
1989 WR Louis Lipps 2010 SS Troy Polamalu
1990 CB Rod Woodson 2011 WR Antonio Brown

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