Baltimore Ravens’ quarterback Lamar Jackson has etched his name in NFL history once again, clinching his second NFL Most Valuable Player (MVP) award at the NFL Honors in Las Vegas. This accolade comes as a testament to Jackson’s exceptional performance throughout the season, leading his team to the AFC championship game with remarkable prowess.
The announcement of Jackson’s victory nearly mirrored his first MVP win, with an overwhelming majority of 49 out of 50 first-place votes in his favor. The sole remaining vote went to Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen. Other notable finalists included San Francisco 49ers’ Christian McCaffrey, 49ers’ Brock Purdy, and Dallas Cowboys’ Dak Prescott.
Throughout the regular season, Jackson exhibited a stellar display of talent, tallying a career-high 3,678 passing yards along with 24 touchdowns through the air and seven interceptions. His prowess extended beyond passing, as he contributed 821 rushing yards and five scores on the ground, showcasing his dual-threat capabilities.
This exceptional performance came on the heels of a significant offseason for Jackson, marked by the resolution of a contract standoff with the Ravens. In a bold move, Jackson negotiated a lucrative five-year extension worth $260 million, solidifying his commitment to the team.
Under Jackson’s leadership, the Ravens dominated opponents throughout the 2023 season, boasting an impressive 13-4 record. Notable highlights included two four-touchdown games by Jackson and a commanding 56-19 victory over the Miami Dolphins. Despite their formidable regular-season performance, the Ravens faced a disappointing exit from the postseason, succumbing to a 17-10 defeat against the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC championship game.
With this second MVP win, Jackson joins the elite ranks of active players who have earned the prestigious title more than once, alongside luminaries like Patrick Mahomes and Aaron Rodgers. His exceptional abilities were further amplified under the guidance of offensive coordinator Todd Monken, with the Ravens ranking fourth in points and sixth in yards per game.
Jackson’s journey to NFL stardom began in earnest during the 2019 season when he secured his first MVP award. At just 23 years old, Jackson made history as the second unanimous MVP in NFL history, following an outstanding season where he shattered records and led the Ravens to a league-best 14-2 regular-season record.
With his unparalleled skill set and unwavering determination, Lamar Jackson continues to redefine the quarterback position and cement his legacy as one of the NFL’s brightest stars. As he adds another MVP trophy to his collection, the football world eagerly anticipates witnessing the next chapter of his illustrious career unfold.