SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Sports) - Utah Blaze quarterback Tommy Grady has been voted the Arena Football League's top player of 2012.
Grady has put together perhaps the greatest individual season an Arena Football League quarterback has ever seen. Through 17 games, Grady has completed 483 passes on 701 attempts for 5,579 yards and 137 touchdowns. In Week 19, Grady tied the AFL single-game record for passing touchdowns with 12, becoming the first quarterback in AFL history to record three double-digit touchdown games in a season.
Grady is a candidate for Russell Offensive Player of the Year and National Guard MVP of the Year.
Throughout the 2012 season, the Arena Football League has been counting down a number of “Top 25” lists to celebrate the League’s Silver Anniversary. The lists have ranged from the “25 Greatest Uniforms in AFL History” to the “25 Greatest Players in AFL History”. The majority of these lists have been voted on by the Silver Anniversary Committee, a group consisting of longtime AFL executives, media members and former players.
The League also wanted to include fans in select voting categories. Subscribers to AFL Field Pass, the official fan club of the Arena Football League, were tasked with deciding upon the Top 25 Players of the 2012 regular season. During Week 19 of the AFL season, the League office collected ballots from members and tallied the votes. The results were divided into five segments, beginning with numbers 21-25 and ending with the announcement of the Top 5 Players of 2012.