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2020 NFL Awards

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With football fans wrapped up with Superbowl hype with many in Tampa Bay forgetting about the COVID-19 Pandemic that has killed over 462 thousand and over 27 million cases throughout the US we sure are seeing lots of disbelievers in Tampa.

The reports and coverage we are seeing on either CNN or other stations, in conversation with some they mention to me “the sight of this makes you sick simply knowing that there are so many who don’t care about anyone.”

Regardless of the $500 fine in place as reported on CNN the one thing for sure is that the NFL are taking every precaution to curb any outbreak that originates from the game.

So given the precautions taken one thing is for certain and if indeed there are any winners it will clearly be the league itself.

The night prior to the big game saw a Hollywood style NFL award presentation of the players for the past season which included the announcements of this year’s Hall of Fame Inductees with five (5) heading into Canton’s Hall of Fame.  

The past season under difficult circumstances and challenges for the NFL finished the 2020 season and with COVID-19 affecting our lives for far too long.

The list of the winners (in order) as selected by the media were in the following categories, MVP, Rookie of the Year, Offensive Rookie of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, 

Offensive rookie 

LA Chargers Justin Hebert set an NFL rookie record with 31 TD passes and 4,336 passing yards  

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Defensive  Rookie of the Year

Washington Football Club (formerly Washington Redskins) Chase Young recorded 7.5 QB sack as a rookie..

Defensive Play of the Year

LA Rams Aaron Donald beat out the Steelers T.J. Watt won his third defensive player of the year and sees him tied with Lawrence Taylor the former N.Y. Giants.

He also racked up 13.5 QB sacks which is his fourth consecutive double digit number for the LA Rams as well as being named to the Pro Bowl for the 6th time in 7 seasons that saw him win the award in 2017 and 2018. 

Offensive Player of the Year

Tennessee Titans Derrick Henry set a rushing title with 2,027 yards, the 5th most in NFL history.

Coach of the Year 

Cleveland Browns Head Coach Kevin Stefanski led them to their first postseason appearance leading them to an 11-5 record and a wild card playoff game for the first time since 1999. 

He was the first Browns coach since Forrest Gregg won the award in 1976. 

Comeback Player of the Year

Alex Smith of the Washington Football Club underwent several surgeries prior to the start of the season after suffering an leg injury in 2018 and worked hard to finish the 2020 season. 

Smith started 6 of the first 7 games winning 5 in 2020 due to an injury to Dwayne Haskins Jr. who was demoted in playing time that allowed Smith to return winning 5 of the 7 starts receiving 49 of the 50 votes tabulated. 

MVP Award

Aaron Rogers won the award for the third time in his career receiving 44 votes edging out Josh Allen of the Buffalo Bills and KC Chiefs Patrick Mahomes in the voting. 

Walter Payton Award

Seahawks Russell Wilson received the Walter Payton Award for his work in his community giving back to the Pacific Northwest community.

This in addition to his on-going work with the Seattle Children’s Hospital, which he started in his rookie season and his continuing work with Social Justice Work Through his Why Not You Foundation.

This earned him the NFL’s annual Humanitarian honor, which he mentions “It’s been one of the greatest gifts God’s given me, it’s just to be able to have an influence and a little bit of change too.”

For more on this story visit  The Tacoma News Tribune

The Inductees for this years class of Hall of Fame in Canton Ohio from the NFL website https://www.profootballhof.com/pro-football-hall-of-fames-class-of-2021/