Patrick Mahomes dominated the voting for the AP NFL Most Valuable Player award. Now, he’ll try to break the MVP curse.
Mahomes, who also won in 2018, easily outdistanced Jalen Hurts, receiving 48 of 50 first-place votes from a nationwide panel of media members who regularly cover the league.
He earned 490 points to 193 for Hurts, who got one first-place vote, 26 seconds, 11 thirds and 10 fourths.
‘I want to thank God for giving me this platform and putting so many amazing people around me to help support this dream I’ve had since I was a little kid. Without Him none of this would even be possible,’ Mahomes said in a videotaped speech.
‘To my wife, Brittany, baby girl, Sterling and my son, Bronze, this crazy life that we are living is nothing without y’all keeping me balanced and making me appreciate every single day.
Patrick Mahomes won his second NFL MVP award ahead of his third Super Bowl appearance
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‘No matter how I feel coming home, y’all bring me joy and make me appreciate the time I get to spend with y’all. Thank you for always being there for me; through my good times and my bad. Love y’all.
‘To my family; my mom, my dad, my brother and sister – thank you for supporting me every day and telling me since I was a little kid, to follow my dreams.
‘To the Chiefs organization; Clark Hunt, Brett Veach, Andy Reid, the staff, and most of all, my teammates. I would never be standing here today without y’all.
‘Every day giving everything that we have together to go for the ultimate goal; the Super Bowl. Let’s continue to go for that dream this weekend.’
Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs (16-3) face Hurts and the Philadelphia Eagles (16-3) in the Super Bowl on Sunday.
The last nine MVPs to play in the Super Bowl that season are 0-9. Kurt Warner was the last to win both the MVP award and Super Bowl following the 1999 season.
Bills quarterback Josh Allen received the other first-place vote, finishing third with 151 points. Bengals QB Joe Burrow placed fourth and Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson, who was named AP NFL Offensive Player of the Year, came in fifth.
Buffalo athletic trainer Denny Kellington received one vote from ESPN’s Suzy Kolber for his role in treating Damar Hamlin, who suffered a cardiac arrest on the gridiron against Cincinnati on January 2.
Sunday’s opposing quarterback, Jalen Hurts came second in the MVP voting with 193 points
Bills signal-caller Josh Allen came in third place after a strong regular season with Buffalo
Hamlin gave an emotional speech on stage, joining the team of medical staff who saved his life.
The 27-year-old Mahomes is the third player to win his second MVP before turning 28, joining Brett Favre (27) and Jim Brown (22).
Mahomes was the 2018 NFL MVP in his first full season as a starter.
The Chiefs lost the AFC championship game that season but Mahomes led them to a Super Bowl victory over San Francisco the following season.
Mahomes has the opportunity to further add to his trophy cabinet on Sunday, having already won both a Super Bowl and the game’s MVP award.
Through the regular season, Mahomes had a 67 percent completion percentage, throwing for 5,250 yards, 41 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.
Buffalo Bills athletic trainer, Denny Kellington (L) got an MVP vote for helping Damar Hamlin (R)
Mahomes threw for over 5,000 yards during the regular seasons – heaving 41 touchdowns
NFL Honors Award Recipients
AP Most Valuable Player – Patrick Mahomes (Kansas City Chiefs)
AP Coach of the Year – Brian Daboll (New York Giants)
AP Comeback Player of the Year – Geno Smith (Seattle Seahawks)
AP Offensive Player of the Year – Justin Jefferson (Minnesota Vikings)
AP Defensive Player of the Year – Nick Bosa (San Francisco 49ers)
AP Offensive Rookie of the Year – Garrett Wilson (New York Jets)
AP Defensive Rookie of the Year – Sauce Gardner (New York Jets)
AP Assistant Coach of the Year – DeMeco Ryans (San Francisco 49ers)
Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year – Dak Prescott (Dallas Cowboys)
Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award – Calais Campbell (Baltimore Ravens)
Deacon Jones Award – Nick Bosa (San Francisco 49ers)
Jim Brown Award – Josh Jacobs (Las Vegas Raiders)