The National Football League (NFL) Honors 2020 was held a night before Super Bowl LIV. It was an event where the best players, coaches, as well as the most memorable moments of the 2019 NFL season, were recognized. While the event had begun at 4:30 PM Eastern time, it was however not aired at the same time.
As such, having to wait almost four hours to catch a glimpse of the winners left fans wondering who had taken home the awards. Many sought for little pieces of information they could find on social media before the event was officially broadcast. On the other hand, we've outlined a list of major awards and their winners at the NFL Honors 2020.
What is the NFL Honors
The NFL Honors is a yearly event organized by the National Football League. And like previous years, that of 2020 took place on Super Bowl LIV's eve. Asides from dishing out awards, the event was an avenue to give the public a good idea of the next class of 2020 Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The NFL Honors 2020 was held on February 1, 2020, at 4:30 PM Eastern Time. It was broadcast on TV at 8:00 PM Eastern Time. The event was hosted by Steve Harvey and it took place at Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami, Florida. Also, its TV broadcast and online streaming were on FOX and NFL respectively.
Winners at the NFL Honours 2020
After long hours of waiting for the outcome of the event, the NFL revealed the names of players that had been awarded.
Accordingly, the major season awards at the NFL Honors and their winners are:
- Most Valuable Player: Lamar Jackson
- Offensive Player of the Year: Michael Thomas
- Defensive Player of the Year: Stephon Gilmore
- Offensive Rookie of the Year: Kyler Murray
- Defensive Rookie of the Year: Nick Bosa
- Comeback Player of the Year: Ryan Tannehill
- Coach of the Year: John Harbaugh
- Walter Payton Man of the Year: Calais Campbell
- Assistant coach of the year: Greg Roman
Most Valuable Player:
Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens quarterback (QB) became the runaway favorite to be named the 2019 NFL Most Valuable Player. In a tweet on February 2, 2020, the NFL revealed he won the "2019 Most Valuable Player" award.
The latter was tied to the second-year QB's performance in 2019, which ranked the Ravens as the No. 1 team in the AFC. Also, Jackson made 3,127 passing yards, 1,206 rushing yards, and 36 touchdowns through the air on a 66.1 completion percentage.
Offensive Player of the Year:
On the other hand, Michael Thomas of New Orleans Saints was noted to have the most reception in one season. As such, he was named the 2019 Offensive Player of the Year. Thomas received 149 passes for 1,725 yards and nine touchdowns, and as such, it became an NFL record for single-season receptions. It also beats Julio Jones's record in 2015.
Defensive Player of the Year:
Stephon Gilmore, CB, Patriots, broke Aaron Donald's two-time win as Defensive Player of the Year. Moreover, he is the first Patriot player to have received the award.
Offensive Rookie of the Year:
Kyler Murray, QB, Cardinals was the only rookie quarterback to start all 16 games. His AP Offensive Rookie of the Year votes also doubled that of Josh Jacobs, Raiders running back who came in second place.
Defensive Rookie of the Year:
Nick Bosa, DE, 49ers racked up 9.0 sacks. However, it wasn't the most sacks for a rookie. For instance, Josh Allen (Jaguars) and Maxx Crosby (Raiders) had 10.5 and 10.0 respectively. Nonetheless, Bosa had 25 quarterback hits and 47 tackles, which is higher than theirs.
Comeback Player of the Year:
Ryan Tannehill, QB, Titans completed 70.3 percent of his passes. He also gave 2,742 passing yards after lacking by 2,000 last season.
Coach of the Year:
John Harbaugh, Jackson’s coach, was named the Coach of the Year. Kyle Shanahan, the current 49ers head coach could have also received an award given that he led the team to the Super Bowl 2020 after winning its four games in 2018.