Chris Long Is St. Louis Rams' 2011 Turf Show Times MVP

I didn't vote in Turf Show Times' community effort to crown a St. Louis Rams MVP, but I'm willing to bet it wasn't a difficult choice for the 350-some voters who cast their ballots—of all the Rams on that star-crossed roster, only two players made a major contribution without either disappointing or breaking some important body part. Steven Jackson, the Rams' lone constant non-disappointment, finished second, but for a good reason—this year Chris Long didn't just meet our expectations, he exceeded them.

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Long shook off two subpar seasons in 2010, when he topped eight sacks for the first time and finally looked like a top draft prospect, but in 2011 he missed the Rams' 14-loss memo and got even better; his 13 sacks were seventh in the NFL.

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After a few years in the wilderness Long finally gave the Rams something to cheer about in 2011, but I think I speak for every Rams fan on the internet, every Sam Bradford shersey owner in St. Louis, and Jeff Fisher when I say that I hope he isn't in a position to repeat this award after 2012.

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