Patrick Mahomes, quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs, was named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) at the NFL Honors 2023 on Thursday. Philadelphia Eagles QB Jalen Hurts and Minnesota WR Justin Jefferson were also nominated for the award.
Mahomes recorded 5,250 passing yards in 17 games this season for 41 touchdowns to 12 interceptions. He led the league in both categories. Hurts finished second. The two star quarterbacks will face each other in Super Bowl LVII Sunday in Glendale, Arizona.
Jalen Hurts was placed third for AP’s Offensive Player of the Year with 18 points, behind Minnesota WR Justin Jefferson (44) and Mahomes (21). The 24-year-old threw for 3700 yards, making 22 touchdown passes. He was intercepted six times.
This is Mahomes’ second MVP title. He won the first one in 2018 when the Kansas player threw for 50 touchdowns and 5,097 yards in his second NFL season.
Some fans were disappointed after Hurts did not win.
“I guarantee jalen hurts will throw zero interceptions, have zero fumbles lost and will not throw a pick six. Guaranteed!!!!!” a Twitter user said.
“Y’all gonna disrespect Jalen Hurts after the amazing season he had?” another one tweeted.
“Jalen Hurts deserved the MVP. That injury shouldn’t hurt his case,” a third one added.
Mahomes credited his team for the award.
“It’s not just me. In order to win the MVP, you have to be on a great team, and especially at the quarterback position, you have to have great players around you because you’re throwing the football, but they gotta make the plays happen. As much as you take pride in winning that award for yourself, teams take pride in winning that award because it’s a team award, really, in a sense,” he said prior to the NFL Honors.
“To be able to win that award, it’s so special. It’s so hard to do.”