Football stars recognized at NFL Awards


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Jeremy Dobin

The annual NFL Awards show premiered on Feb. 9 in Phoenix – the location of the Super Bowl. The 12th annual NFL Awards recognized outstanding performances by players and coaches on and off the field. Singer and talk-show host Kelly Clarkson hosted the event clad in a Dallas Cowboys themed gown.

The awards given out included the league’s Most Valuable Player, Coach of the Year and the Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year. The winners announced also included this year’s recipient of the Walter Peyton Man of the Year Award. While there were more awards, this article will recap those listed above.

While there were a few candidates for the league’s highest on-the-field honor – the Most

Valuable Player Award – there was no better candidate than Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Mahomes capped off another generational season by leading his team to a Super Bowl victory and winning Super Bowl MVP.

Even with what seemed like an underwhelming supporting cast, Mahomes dazzled fans once again this season posting a whopping 41 touchdowns to 12 interceptions, 5,250 yards and a stellar quarterback rating of 105.2.

The coach’s impact is evident in the NFL. That’s why Brian Daboll of the New York Giants deserved to be the Coach of the Year this season. Daboll ignited what was a bleak locker room, without adding any talent, and emitted the best talent out of his players to rack up nine wins and a Divisional Round exit.

Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year go to the most electrifying and proficient performers on each side of the ball.

On offense, Minnesota Vikings’ wide receiver Justin Jefferson was the top choice for the award. With his jaw-dropping elusiveness, Jefferson caught 128 passes for a remarkable 1,809 yards and eight touchdowns.

Defensively, San Francisco 49ers’ defensive-end Nick Bosa was the pick. Bosa led a scary San Francisco defense with 51 tackles and an insane 18.5 sacks.

Another highlight of the event is honoring the league’s brightest rookies with the Offensive Rookie of the Year and Defensive Rookie of the Year awards.

The New York Jets selected cornerback Sauce Gardner with the fourth overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft and he did not disappoint. Gardner let up an incredible 54 total yards on the season and established himself as one of the best cornerbacks in the league.

The Jets monopolized the awards for outstanding rookies as wide receiver Garret Wilson won the award for offense. Despite instability throughout the season with the Jets’ quarterback situation, Wilson still managed to catch 83 passes for 1,103 yards and four touchdowns.

The Walter Peyton Man of the Year Award goes to the player who has demonstrated extraordinary work off the field for the benefit of the community. Each team has a nominee, and one of the thirty-two nominees wins the award. This year, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott was the recipient.

Prescott demonstrated excellence in his community through his Faith Fight Finish Foundation. The foundation aims to raise funds for cancer awareness as well as promote suicide prevention and mental health awareness. Prescott’s foundation also strives to further connect law enforcement and the communities they serve for the better.

The NFL Honors was once again a successful event. Fans now have an entire off-season ahead to get excited about their teams and to start making predictions for next year’s recipients.