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Patrick Mahomes of the Chiefs wins ESPY as best NFL player ahead of Lamar, McCaffrey and Garrett

Patrick Mahomes of the Chiefs wins ESPY as best NFL player ahead of Lamar, McCaffrey and Garrett
Patrick Mahomes of the Chiefs wins ESPY as best NFL player ahead of Lamar, McCaffrey and Garrett

Kansas City Chiefs superstar quarterback Patrick Mahomes was named the ESPY winner for the best NFL player this season, beating out Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, San Francisco 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey and Cleveland Browns edge rusher Myles Garrett.



Mahomes said he was grateful for the award:

ESPN also announced that Los Angeles Dodgers superstar Shohei Ohtani won the award for best MLB player:

Mahomes, 28, didn’t have his best season statistically in 2023 (4,183 yards, 27 touchdowns, 14 interceptions), due in part to a wide receiver group that struggled to catch the ball. But he was brilliant again in the playoffs, leading the Chiefs to four straight wins and a third title in the last five years while rushing for 1,051 yards, six touchdowns and just one interception.

He has made it into the Olympic pantheon of Tom Brady and Joe Montana: “Guys you want to have with the ball in their hands when the going gets tough.”

That playoff performance likely catapulted him over Jackson, who was the NFL MVP last season. He threw for just 3,678 yards, 24 touchdowns and seven interceptions and ran for 821 yards and another five scores.

But Jackson’s Ravens lost to the Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game, another postseason disappointment for the star quarterback.

McCaffrey also fell victim to Mahomes and the Chiefs, albeit in the Super Bowl. However, the star running back put up epic numbers in 2023: 1,459 yards and 14 touchdowns on the ground, as well as 67 catches for 564 yards and another seven touchdowns through the air.

However, running backs do not win major awards as often as quarterbacks.

Defensive linemen don’t either. Garrett was still fearsome last season, recording 14 sacks, 17 tackles for loss, 30 quarterback hits, four forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. It was his sixth consecutive season with double-digit sacks.

But it wasn’t enough to beat Mahomes at the ESPYs.