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NFL Awards Handed Out Saturday Night Before The Super Bowl

February 2, 2020

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Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson won the NFL’s MVP award on Saturday, For the second time ever, there was a unanimous MVP. Tom Brady (2010) was the first and only other player to achieve a unanimous MVP.

Jackson’s 2019 campaign was legendary. He smashed NFL records left and right, piling up 4,333 yards and 43 touchdowns from scrimmage. In the process, he redefined what it means to play the quarterback position at this level while ripping off memorable highlights on a weekly basis.

Lamar Jackson is 3rd youngest player to win NFL MVP. Jim Brown (1957) 21 years, 308 days, Jim Brown (1958) 22-300, Lamar Jackson (2019) 22-356, Dan Marino (1984) 23-93, Patrick Mahomes (2018) 23-104.

Despite starting just 10 games in 2019, Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill was named the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year on Saturday. Niners QB Jimmy Garoppolo was snubbed for the award.

Tannehill started the season as the backup to Marcus Mariota after the Miami Dolphins traded him last March. He was a huge reason why the Titans surged in the second half of the season and reached the AFC Championship Game.

Kyler Murray won the Heisman in December 2018. He went No. 1 overall in the NFL Draft in April 2019. He won offensive rookie of the year on Saturday night.

The Cardinals quarterback was honored with the award by beating out Titans receiver A.J. Brown, Eagles running back Miles Sanders and Raiders running back Josh Jacobs. Murray received 26 1/2 votes to 13 for Jacobs, 9 1/2 for Brown and one for Sanders.

San Francisco 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa has been named the Associated Press Defensive Rookie of the Year. Bosa received 43 votes for the award, while the next closest player was Raiders defensive lineman Maxx Crosby, who had four.

Bosa was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft after he put together a phenomenal career at Ohio State University. He finished the 2019 NFL season with 47 tackles (16 for loss), 25 quarterback hits, 24 hurries, 12 knockdowns, 45 pressures, nine sacks, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries, two pass deflections, and one interception.

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