The National Football League (NFL) Honors took place Saturday night before the Super Bowl. In the awards ceremony, they hand out a bunch of awards like MVP, Offensive Player of the Year, Offensive Rookie of the Year, Defensive Rookie of the Year, Coach of the Year, Walter Payton Man of the Year and others.
MVP: The NFL MVP this year was unanimously voted on, meaning all of the voting committees chose one player. This player was Baltimore Raven Lamar Jackson. Jackson was quickly the front runner for the award after breaking Michael Vick’s record for QB rushing yards, and still having 3,000+ passing yards.
Offensive Player of the Year: The Saints’ Michael Thomas had a record-breaking year as well. He now has the most receptions in a single season with 149. But he also had the most yards out of all the wide receivers this year with 1,725.
Offensive and Defensive Rookie of the Year: First Nick Bosa of the 49ers had nine sacks, 32 tackles, and one forced fumble, getting him the Defensive Rookie of the Year. On the offensive side of the ball, there was a lot more competition. At the end of the day, Arizona Cardinal Kyler Murray won the award. He had an excellent season with 3,700 passing yards and not a lot to work with besides teammate Larry Fitzgerald, Jr.
Other awards: The Coach of the Year was the Ravens’ Jim Harbaugh, Defensive Player of the Year was Stephon Gilmore of the Patriots, and WPMOY was Jacksonville Jaguar Calais Campbell.