Lamar Jackson wins 2023 NFL MVP award: How the Ravens QB won for the second time

Lamar Jackson wins 2023 NFL MVP award: How the Ravens QB won for the second time

Lamar Jackson capped off his stellar season by being named the 2023 NFL Player of the Year on Thursday at the NFL Honors. The Baltimore Ravens quarterback became the 11th player in league history to win the award for the second time after claiming his first MVP award in the 2019 season.

Jackson completed 67.2 percent of his passes for 3,678 yards with 24 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He also chipped in in the running game with 821 yards and five TDs. He guided the Ravens to the No. 1 seed in the AFC in the postseason and advanced to the AFC Championship Game for the first time in his career, before losing to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Others considered finalists for the award along with Jackson:

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The Ravens extended Jackson’s contract last April with a five-year deal worth $260 million Guaranteed $185 million. That investment has paid off as Jackson looked like his best player in four seasons in 2023.

The other ten players who have won the MVP award more than once:

Why did Jackson win?

Jackson didn’t emerge as an MVP candidate this season as he led the league in touchdown passes, set rushing records, and produced the NFL’s top-ranked offense. He did all of those things in 2019, when he became the consensus second-best running back in NFL history.

Jackson also didn’t necessarily have an MVP moment this season, like he did in 2019 with rotation action and Rushed into the end zone in Cincinnati Or the five landing passes in Los Angeles.

What Jackson did this season was further proof that he is the most important player in the league to his team’s success. As Hall of Fame quarterback and ESPN analyst Troy Aikman said before the Ravens broadcast last season, no quarterback has been asked to do more for his team.

In 2023, Jackson delivered. He has shown growth as a passer, decision-maker and leader, all while learning an entirely new offense under first-year Ravens coordinator Todd Monken. He stayed healthy and remained as dangerous as ever as a dual-threat quarterback.

When teams made their playoff appearances in November and December, Jackson was the best player on the field week after week. Baltimore outlasted one top team and one MVP candidate after another on its way to a 13-4 regular season and the No. 1 seed in the AFC. — Jeff Zrebek, Ravens beat writer

Jackson excels the field

It’s been a pretty wild year in terms of predicting the MVP race. Below is a list of players who were favorites to win the award, via BetMGM, at some point last year:

There were five above-expected rotations in a five-week period: Hurts, Prescott/Purdy, Prescott, Purdy, and Jackson.

The head-to-head matches tell the story in a wide-open race this season. Jackson performed well against all opponents, especially Purdy. Additionally, Jackson was good all season and was great at shutting it down. That’s why Jackson won his second career MVP award. — Larry Holder, NFL senior writer

NFL MVP List

year player a team

2023

Lamar Jackson

Baltimore Ravens

2022

Patrick Mahomes

Kansas City Chiefs

2021

Aaron Rodgers

Green Bay Packers

2020

Aaron Rodgers

Green Bay Packers

2019

Lamar Jackson

Baltimore Ravens

2018

Patrick Mahomes

Kansas City Chiefs

2017

Tom Brady

New England Patriots

2016

Matt Ryan

Atlanta Falcons

2015

Cam Newton

Carolina Panthers

2014

Aaron Rodgers

Green Bay Packers

2013

Peyton Manning

Denver Broncos

2012

Adrian Peterson

Minnesota Vikings

2011

Aaron Rodgers

Green Bay Packers

2010

Tom Brady

New England Patriots

2009

Peyton Manning

Indianapolis Colts

2008

Peyton Manning

Indianapolis Colts

2007

Tom Brady

New England Patriots

2006

LaDainian Tomlinson

San Diego Chargers

2005

Sean Alexander

Seattle Seahawks

2004

Peyton Manning

Indianapolis Colts

2003

Steve McNair

Tennessee Titans

2003

Peyton Manning

Indianapolis Colts

2002

Rich Gannon

Oakland Raiders

2001

Kurt Warner

St. Louis Rams

2000

Marshall Faulk

St. Louis Rams

1999

Kurt Warner

St. Louis Rams

1998

Terrell Davis

Denver Broncos

1997

Barry Sanders

Detroit Lions

1997

Brett Favre

Green Bay Packers

1996

Brett Favre

Green Bay Packers

1995

Brett Favre

Green Bay Packers

1994

Steve Young

San Francisco 49ers

1993

Emmett Smith

Dallas Cowboys

1992

Steve Young

San Francisco 49ers

1991

Thurman Thomas

Buffalo Bills

1990

Joe Montana

San Francisco 49ers

1989

Joe Montana

San Francisco 49ers

1988

Boomer Esiason

Cincinnati Bengals

1987

John Elway

Denver Broncos

1986

Lawrence Taylor

New York Giants

1985

Marcus Allen

Los Angeles Raiders

1984

Dan Marino

Miami Dolphins

1983

Joe Theismann

Washington

1982

Mark Mosley

Washington

1981

Ken Anderson

Cincinnati Bengals

1980

Brian Sipe

Cleveland Browns

1979

Earl Campbell

Houston Oilers

1978

Terry Bradshaw

Pittsburgh Steelers

1977

Walter Payton

Chicago Bears

1976

Bert Jones

Baltimore Colts

1975

Fran Tarkenton

Minnesota Vikings

1974

Ken Stabler

Oakland Raiders

1973

OJ Simpson

Buffalo Bills

1972

Larry Brown

Washington

1971

Alan Page

Minnesota Vikings

1970

John Brodie

San Francisco 49ers

1969

Roman Gabriel

Los Angeles Rams

1968

Earl Morrall

Baltimore Colts

1967

Johnny Unitas

Baltimore Colts

1966

Bart Starr

Green Bay Packers

1965

Jim Brown

Cleveland Browns

1964

Johnny Unitas

Baltimore Colts

1963

Oh tittle

New York Giants

1962

Jim Taylor

Green Bay Packers

1961

Paul Hornung

Green Bay Packers

1959

Johnny Unitas

Baltimore Colts

1958

Jim Brown

Cleveland Browns

1957

Jim Brown

Cleveland Browns

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