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NFL Players Vote Lamar Jackson As League’s Best

Former Louisville Cardinal QB Lamar Jackson’s long list of accomplishments and accolades got a little longer on Wednesday night.

Lamar came in at No. 1 in the NFL Network’s “Top 100 Players of 2020,” which is voted on exclusively by players.

In his first season as a full time starter Jackson led the Ravens to an NFL-best 14-2 record. He broke Michael Vick’s all-time record for most rushing yards (1,206) by a quarterback in NFL history. Jackson tossed a league-high 36 touchdown passes.

Lamar’s phenomenal season earned him MVP honors by a unanimous vote. He became the youngest player to ever win the award.

With all of that said, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to see the his peers vote him as the best player in the league, but it wasn’t necessarily a guarantee. At 23, Jackson is the youngest No. 1 pick ever — and the first to debut at No. 1.

Lamar beat out Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (No. 2) and Kansas City Chiefs quarterback and Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes (No. 4). Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald was No. 3 and New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas rounded out the top five.

For a look at the complete list, click here.

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