Lamar Jackson Unanimously Wins NFL MVP Award

Quarterback is one of two unanimous choices ever

Lamar Jackson
Lamar Jackson was the unanimous choice for NFL MVP this season.
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Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson recently completed an outstanding season. The phrase “historic” has been thrown around, and for good reason. The short version is that his passing game was fantastic — but so were his rushing game and his play within the red zone. It’s was a staggeringly good performance from Jackson all season — and now he’s been justly rewarded with the league’s Most Valuable Player award.

In keeping with the historic nature of Jackson’s season, so too was his MVP particularly distinctive. In this case, ESPN reports that he was a unanimous choice for the 50 voters deciding on the winner — one of only two players to achieve such a feat. The other was Tom Brady in 2010. Jackson is also the third-youngest player to have been named league MVP.

ESPN gives a good capsule description of just how commanding Jackson’s season was:

In his first full season as an NFL starting quarterback, Jackson redefined the game’s most important position, becoming the first player in league history to produce over 3,000 yards passing and 1,000 yards rushing in a single season.

Jackson is the first Ravens player to be named MVP. “I’ve still got a lot of work to do,” he told ESPN. “I’m not really trying to dwell on what I just did.”

It’s a fantastic start to Jackson’s career — and it can leave you dazed thinking about where he might go from here.

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