It’s officially official.
Lamar Jackson was presented with the league MVP award at the NFL Honors celebration on Saturday. It was the second time an MVP was selected unanimously.
No one should be surprised by this.
Lamar Jackson had one of the most complete seasons a quarterback has ever had in the history of the National Football League. Jackson completed 66.1% of his passes for 3,127 yards and 36 touchdowns, while only throwing six interceptions. Jackson also rushed for 176 times for 1,206 yards and seven touchdowns.
Jackson was the odds-on favorite to win the Nationa Football League’s Most Valuable Player award after his record-breaking sophomore season. Lamar Jackson smashed Michael Vick’s single-season quarterback rushing record, a record that most believed would never be broken. Jackson was also the first quarterback to post two perfect passer rating games in the same season since Ben Roethlisberger did it in 2007. He also broke franchise records, setting Ravens single-season records for quarterback rushing yards, passing touchdowns, and wins in a regular season.
Jackson emerged as an MVP candidate mid-way through the 2019 season. After defeating the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots in two consecutive games, it became apparent that the league was watching a young superstar emerge. A third Super Bowl victory was on the fanbase’s mind as the Ravens kept adding more wins in what would become a twelve game win streak. A first-round playoff exit abruptly ended what could have been the best season in franchise history, but a Super Bowl appearance was just not meant to be. Instead, Lamar Jackson had to settle for a Pro Bowl appearance and the MVP award instead of a Lombardi.
In only his second year as a Raven, and the first year as a full-time starter, Lamar Jackson is the first Baltimore Raven to ever win the MVP award, and is the second youngest player to win it. The Louisville product can now add this to his trophy room, which also boasts the Heisman Trophy, college football’s most prestigious MVP-like award. Jackson was also awarded the 2019 FedEx Air player of the year.