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KC Chiefs Mahomes, Jones Named Winners of NFL 101 Awards

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) runs onto the field prior to an NFL divisional round playoff game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium on Saturday, January 21, 2023 in Kansas City.

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) runs onto the field prior to an NFL divisional round playoff game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium on Saturday, January 21, 2023 in Kansas City.

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The Committee of 101 on Tuesday announced its annual list of NFL honorees, a talented lineup that includes two Kansas City Chiefs players.

According to a press release, the league recipients, as voted for by 101 members of the national media, selected:

  • AFC Coach of the Year: Doug Pederson, Jacksonville Jaguars
  • NFC Coach of the Year: Brian Daboll, New York Giants
  • AFC Offensive Player of the Year: Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes
  • AFC Defensive Player of the Year: Chiefs Defensive Tackle Chris Jones
  • NFC Offensive Player of the Year: Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts
  • NFC Defensive Player of the Year: San Francisco 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa

Mahomes, a front-runner for the NFL’s MVP award, led the league in passing yards (5,250, also a franchise record) and touchdown passes (41) and hit a career-high 67.1% of his throws. He also rushed for 358 yards with a career-high four touchdowns on 61 carries.

Mahomes became the first quarterback in league history to throw for 5,000 yards and rush for 350 yards in a single season.

Jones, meanwhile, produced 15.5 sacks, which equaled his career high of 2018. He also led the Chiefs’ defense with a team-high 29 quarterback hits while notching a career-best 44 tackles, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. With Jones at the helm, the Chiefs’ defense totaled 55 sacks, the second-highest tally in the league this season.

Mahomes and Jones recently received first-team All Pro honors, as announced by The Associated Press.

Hurts, who like Mahomes is in the running for NFL MVP, helped lead the Eagles to an NFC-best 14-3 record and a postseason No. 1 spot. The dual-threat quarterback rushed for 3,701 yards and 22 touchdowns with six interceptions, added 760 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns on 161 carries. Hurts’ 35 total touchdowns led the NFC and he was a second-team All-Pro selection.

Bosa produced a league-high 18.5 sacks and earned first-team All-Pro honors. He also finished the regular season with 51 tackles, 48 ​​quarterback hits, two forced fumbles and one pass defended.

Pederson scored from worst to first in his freshman season for the Jaguars and led Jacksonville to a 9–8 record in the AFC South and a postseason win before losing to the Chiefs in the AFC Divisional Round.

Daboll led the Giants to a 9-7-1 record in the NFC East and a postseason berth in his freshman season. The Giants advanced to the NFL Divisional Round before losing to the Eagles.

Pederson and Daboll have ties to the Chiefs. Pederson served as the offensive coordinator on Andy Reid’s staff from 2013-2015, while Daboll was the offensive coordinator for the Chiefs in 2012 under then-head coach Romeo Crennel.

The honorees of the 101 Awards are scheduled to be honored on Saturday, February 25 at the Westin Crown Center Hotel in Kansas City.

The 53rd annual event of the 101 Awards will conclude with the presentation of the Lamar Hunt Award for Professional Football, established in 2008 to honor the life and legacy of the Chiefs’ founder. This award, the recipient of which will be announced at a later date, “recognizes an individual or group who has made significant contributions to the NFL and its status as the preeminent professional sports league in America,” according to a press release.

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