NFL Honors 2020: Award Winners, Voting Results and Twitter Reaction

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorFebruary 2, 2020

Baltimore Ravens' Lamar Jackson speaks after winning the AP Most Valuable Player award at the NFL Honors football award show Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, in Miami. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
David J. Phillip/Associated Press

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson took home his first NFL MVP and Jacksonville Jaguars defensive lineman Calais Campbell won the NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year award to highlight the NFL Honors show on Saturday in Miami.

Jackson and San Francisco 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa were the only players to win two awards. Jackson also won the FedEx Air Player of the Year, and Bosa won the Associated Press Defensive Rookie of the Year and Pepsi Rookie of the Year.

Here's a look at the entire awards list, voting results and Twitter reaction.


2019 NFL Honors Winners

Associated Press Most Valuable Player: Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson

Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year: Jacksonville Jaguars DL Calais Campbell

Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2020: S Steve Atwater, WR Isaac Bruce, OG Steve Hutchinson, RB Edgerrin James and S Troy Polamalu

AP Offensive Player of the Year: New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas

AP Defensive Player of the Year: New England Patriots CB Stephon Gilmore

Pepsi Rookie of the Year: San Francisco 49ers DE Nick Bosa

FedEx Air Player of the Year: Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson

FedEx Ground Player of the Year: Tennessee Titans RB Derrick Henry

Salute to Service Award: Ex-San Diego Chargers LB Donnie Edwards

AP Offensive Rookie of the Year: Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray

AP Defensive Rookie of the Year: San Francisco 49ers DE Nick Bosa

Anything But Ordinary Player of the Year: Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald

Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award: Washington Redskins RB Adrian Peterson

AP Comeback Player of the Year: Tennessee Titans QB Ryan Tannehill

AP Coach of the Year: Baltimore Ravens HC John Harbaugh

AP Assistant Coach of the Year: Baltimore Ravens OC Greg Roman

Bridgestone Clutch Performance Play of the Year: Miami Dolphins P Matt Haack's shovel-pass touchdown on trick play to PK Jason Sanders

Deacon Jones Award: Tampa Bay Buccaneers DE Shaquil Barrett

Bud Light Celly of the Year: Seattle Seahawks wide receivers (*NSYNC "Bye Bye Bye" dance)

Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year Award: Matt Land of Dalton High School (Dalton, Georgia)

Courtyard Unstoppable Performance of the Year: Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes in Week 2 vs. Raiders (30-of-44, 443 passing yards, four touchdowns)

List courtesy of NFL.com.


Full Voting Results

René Bugner (😷) @RNBWCV

Here are the full voting results for the 2019 AP NFL awards ▪️ MVP ▪️ Offensive Player Of The Year ▪️ Defensive Player Of The Year ▪️ Comeback Player Of The Year ▪️ Defensive Rookie Of The Year ▪️ Offensive Rookie Of The Year ▪️ Coach Of The Year ▪️ Assistant Coach Of The Year https://t.co/DgIYXsZ3Aw


Associated Press Most Valuable Player: Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson

There was no surprise when Jackson was announced as the winner, nor was it a big shock to learn that he became just the second unanimous MVP in league history:

Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

#Ravens QB Lamar Jackson is the MVP for the 2019 season. For the second time ever, there was a unanimous MVP. Unreal.

In his second year in the league (and first as the full-time starter from Week 1 onward), Jackson accounted for 43 touchdowns (36 passing, seven rushing), a 66.1 percent completion rate and 7.8 yards per pass attempt.

He also led the Ravens to their best-ever regular-season mark at 14-2, which was good enough for the best in the NFL this year. Jackson's Ravens also enjoyed a 12-game winning streak.

Jackson received much-deserved praise when the inevitable was announced, including teammates Marquise Brown and Hayden Hurst:

Field Yates @FieldYates

Lamar Jackson: * Unanimous NFL MVP * NFL passing TD leader (36) * 43 total TD accounted for * Most rushing yards by a QB ever in a single season (1,206) * 3rd youngest MVP ever First full season as a starter. Just getting started.

Hollywood Brown @Primetime_jet

Ain’t no suprise but man God is good you a real life living legend can’t wait to see how far you take it!! 🐐🐐 @Lj_era8

Hayden Hurst @haydenrhurst

Such a remarkable athlete but an even better person. So happy for you brotha @Lj_era8 well deserved #MVP #NFLHonors https://t.co/YFAdMb7iso

Jackson, who turned 23 year old on January 7, is the youngest MVP in NFL history.


Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year: Jacksonville Jaguars DL Calais Campbell

Campbell founded the Charles Richard Campbell Foundation. Its stated mission is to commit to "the enhancement of our community through the teaching of critical life skills to young people."

"Through sports, creative talents, vocational skills, financial skills, and quality health and nutrition, the CRC Foundation helps develop young people into empowered and self-aware leaders for the future," the statement continues.

Campbell, a three-time Walter Payton Man of the Year award nominee, has also done work for Jacksonville and the surrounding area outside his efforts through the CRC Foundation. Jaguars.com has more:

"He has hosted two editions of Christmas with Calais, a holiday shopping spree for local kids who have completed extra lessons in financial literacy. In June 2019, he welcomed 250 kids at the Calais Campbell JaxPAL Youth Football and STEM Camp, combining his football acumen and interest in mentoring today's youth through education. Campbell has made semi-weekly visits to Northwestern Middle School as part of his CRC Book Club, fostering a reading-friendly community at an underperforming school in downtown Jacksonville.

"In conjunction with the Kids Hope Alliance, Campbell has made multiple appearances around northeast Florida, speaking to students at schools such as Edward Waters College and Raines High School to offer them encouragement and a chance to talk about social justice. He is a regular participant in Jaguars Foundation community events, including base visits during Salute to Service week and Jaguars For a Day programs during training camp."

Praise poured in for the deserving Campbell, who became the first-ever Jaguar to win Walter Payton Man of the Year honors.

Kyle Rudolph @KyleRudolph82

Congrats @CalaisCampbell on winning the #WPMOY! You’ve been one of the league’s best role models for 12+ years and have positively impacted so many lives. Thank you for being an inspiration and helping improve our league. #Respect

Josh Dobbs @josh_dobbs1

.@CalaisCampbell Congrats brother! So well deserved! What are you doing for others? #WPMOY 🚀 https://t.co/F02zGoVm2B

Josh Weinfuss @joshweinfuss

Calais Campbell was named the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year. The former Cardinal has not slowed down since Arizona decided to part ways with him.

In addition to his off-field service, Campbell has found much success on the field, making five Pro Bowl and being named to an All-Pro team.


AP Offensive Player of the Year: New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas

An NFL-record 149 receptions helped New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas win his first AP Offensive Player of the Year award.

Thomas, who was a second-round draft pick out of Ohio State in 2016, also had 1,725 yards and nine touchdowns. He also achieved some other accolades:

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

OPOY @Cantguardmike had one of the greatest receiving seasons ever. ◻️ No. 1 in rec. yards ◻️ No. 1 in 1st downs ◻️ No. 1 in targets ◻️ No. 1 in catch % (among WR) ◻️ No. 3 in rec. TDs ◻️ Nine games with 10+ catches ◻️ Broke Marvin Harrison’s single-season catch record https://t.co/zC5bR7z1eA

Mike Triplett of ESPN noted that Thomas was only the second-ever wideout to win the award and even noted that some MVP recognition would have been possible if not for Jackson:

Mike Triplett @MikeTriplett

Only the second WR ever to achieve this, joining Jerry Rice, who did it twice. @Cantguardmike would’ve had a legit shot to become the first WR ever to win MVP too if not for Lamar Jackson’s ridiculous year. Well earned. https://t.co/fCBJPsi7vO

Speaking of which, Jackson nearly won this award too, but Thomas held him off, per Anthony Galaviz of the Sacramento Bee:

Anthony Galaviz @agalaviz_TheBee

AP Offensive Player of the Year voting: Michael Thomas, WR, #Saints 19 Lamar Jackson, QB, #Ravens 17 Christian McCaffrey, RB, #Panthers 12 Russell Wilson, QB, #Seahawks 1 Patrick Mahomes, QB, #Chiefs 1

Thomas has led the NFL in receptions in each of the last two seasons and receiving yardage this year.


AP Defensive Player of the Year: New England Patriots CB Stephon Gilmore

The game's best shutdown cornerback deservedly earned the AP Defensive Player of the Year award after guiding the league's best scoring defense last season.

Gilmore led the league with 20 passes defended and tied for first with six interceptions.

As the Pats' Twitter account noted, a New England player had never won the AP Defensive Player of the Year award until Gilmore:

New England Patriots @Patriots

The first Defensive Player of the Year in #Patriots history. 📺: #NFLHonors | Tonight at 8PM ET on FOX https://t.co/yuURqDRPzz

The Pats signed Gilmore as a free agent in 2017. The 29-year-old spent his first five years with the Buffalo Bills.

Gilmore received less than half of the votes in a crowded field:

Anthony Galaviz @agalaviz_TheBee

AP Defensive Player of the Year voting: Stephon Gilmore, CB, #Patriots 21 Chandler Jones, Edge, #Cardinals 14 T.J. Watt, Edge, #Steelers 10 Shaq Barrett, LB, #Buccaneers 2 Danielle Hunter, Edge, #Vikings 1 Tre’Davious White, CB, #Bills 1 Aaron Donald, DT, #Rams 1

Gilmore beat a stiff challenge from the Arizona Cardinals' Chandler Jones, who had 19.0 sacks.

Pittsburgh Steelers edge-rusher T.J. Watt, who was third, had 14.5 sacks, eight forced fumbles and 36 quarterback hits.


AP Offensive Rookie of the Year: Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray

A heated race for the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year award went Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray's way as the No. 1 overall pick of the 2019 NFL draft beat out Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs and Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown.

Murray's Cardinals went just 5-10-1 en route to a last-place NFC West finish, but the dual-threat fared well with 24 touchdowns (20 passing, four rushing), a 64.4 percent completion rate and 544 rushing yards.

Jacobs and Brown were more productive: the Raiders running back rushed for 1,150 yards and seven touchdowns, and the Titans wideout had 605 yards and five touchdowns in his final five regular-season games to help Tennessee sneak into the playoffs.

But the debate is whether the award should go to a player at a more valuable position (quarterback) or a more productive player regardless of where they line up on the field.

Evan Silva of Establish The Run sided with giving the award to Murray:

Evan Silva @evansilva

Like this pick. OROY really comes down to how you define the award. If you treat it as most valuable rookie, it’s Kyler. If it’s best rookie performer, Josh Jacobs, Miles Sanders & A.J. Brown make things complicated. (4 of the last 6 OROYs were RBs.) https://t.co/8gRuPefkBN

Scott Bair of NBC Sports Bay Area believed otherwise and backed Jacobs:

Scott Bair @BairNBCS

Kyler Murray wins offensive rookie of the year. Josh Jacobs straight snubbed. Column saying exactly that coming real soon.

Jaylen Smith of the XFL's DC Defenders thought it would go to Brown:

Jaylen Smith @JaylenSmith_12

I thought AJ Brown would definitely get it... or even Josh Jacobs. https://t.co/9opjiJdcgw

Overall, more than twice as many voters sided with Murray over his next-closest competitor in Jacobs:

Anthony Galaviz @agalaviz_TheBee

AP Offensive Rookie of the Year voting: Kyler Murray, QB, #Cardinals 26 1/2 Josh Jacobs, RB, #Raiders 13 A.J. Brown, WR, #Titans 9 1/2 Miles Sanders, RB, #Eagles 1

There was no bad choice among the three, but in the end, Murray took it home.


AP Defensive Rookie of the Year: San Francisco 49ers DE Nick Bosa

San Francisco 49ers edge-rusher Nick Bosa was a problem for opposing quarterbacks all season, registering nine sacks and 25 quarterback hits in helping lead his team to a 13-3 record and a Super Bowl LIV appearance.

The second overall pick of the 2019 NFL draft is the third Ohio State player to win Defensive Rookie of the year in the last four seasons, per Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated. Nick's older brother, Los Angeles Chargers edge-rusher Joey Bosa, and New Orleans Saints cornerback Marcus Lattimore are the two others.

ESPN's Field Yates provided some evidence that made Bosa's win hard to argue:

Field Yates @FieldYates

49ers DE Nick Bosa had 60 pressures in 2019. That’s more than any other two rookies *combined*. He had 9.0 sacks and has added 3.0 more this postseason. Runaway choice for Defensive Rookie of the Year.

Per Galaviz, Bosa won 43 of a possible 50 first-place votes. Oakland Raiders edge-rusher Maxx Crosby was second with four.


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