At the Arena Football League's Silver Anniversary Gala Event on Aug. 9, the league announced that Utah Blaze quarterback Tommy Grady has been named the AFL's Offensive Player of the Year and its Most Valuable Player.
Grady, 6-foot-7 and 250 pounds out of Utah, set new Arena Football League records for passing yards (5,870), passing touchdowns (142), pass completions (507), and pass attempts (743) during the 2012 season. Additionally, he led the league in total offensive plays (781) and total offensive yards per game (329.6).
Grady also tied the league record for most touchdown passes in a game after slinging 12 of them against the Cleveland Gladiators, and he ripped the Kansas City Command for a league high 436 passing yards and 439 total yards.
"I'm honored to receive the MVP award on behalf of our team," said Grady through the team's website. "I've had the benefit of being surrounded with an amazing group of teammates and coaches. This award signifies everything that we have been able to accomplish together this season."
The Blaze finished the regular season with a 12-6 record--its first winning season in franchise history--and advanced to the National Conference championship game.
Also during the gala event, Utah's coach, Ron James, was named the league's Head Coach of the Year, and offensive coordinator Matthew Sauk was named the Assistant Coach of the Year. Defensive back David Hyland earned National Guard Community MVP honors.
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