Aaron Rodgers was named Most Valuable Player and Aaron Donald and Derrick Henry were tabbed as the defensive and offensive players of the year by the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA) on Wednesday.
Rodgers won MVP honors for the third time (2011, 2014) after leading the Green Bay Packers to the No. 1 NFC playoff seed and throwing a career-high 48 touchdown passes.
Donald won Defensive Player of the Year for the second time in three seasons (2018) after another dominating season for the Los Angeles Rams, the NFL’s No. 1-ranked defense in 2020. He tied for second in the league with 13.5 sacks and forced four fumbles.
Henry led the league in rushing with 2,027 yards and added 17 touchdowns for the Tennessee Titans, earning Offensive Player of the Year. He’s the first Titans player to ever win the award and the first running back since 2017 (Todd Gurley).
The PFWA on Tuesday tabbed Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert and Washington defensive end Chase Young as the offensive and defensive rookies of the year.
Young led all NFL rookies in sacks with 7.5 and Herbert set NFL rookie records for touchdown passes (31) and total touchdowns (36).
–Field Level Media
Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry continued to be the talk of Twitter on Wednesday morning following his takedown of Buffalo Bills cornerback Josh Norman on Tuesday night.
Henry, who tips the scales at 6-foot-3, 247 pounds, bounced to the left and sent Norman flying like a rag doll following a vicious stiff-arm play during the second quarter of the Titans’ 42-16 victory in Nashville, Tenn. The play only gained four yards — and it was nullified by offsetting penalties to both teams — however social media had a field day at Norman’s expense.
“Don’t test the King,” the Titans wrote on Twitter.
“If I ever get stiff arm that bad, I’m going to the locker room!,” his Titans teammate, defensive lineman Jeffery Simmons, added.
Henry was quick with a joke about the sequence shortly after the Titans improved to 4-0 on the season.
“I have been doing too many curls,” the 26-year-old Henry said. “I have to lay off the arms.”
While Henry enjoyed the last laugh, many others were left just scratching their head in bewilderment.
“That was unbelievable just to see the way he tossed that guy,” Tennessee quarterback Ryan Tannehill said of his initial reaction, via SI.com. “Derrick is a special player. We’ve seen the stiff arm from him. I saw it all last year. I’ve seen it before I got here, highlights of it. Obviously, he’s strong, physically a tough runner. That was probably one of the meanest stiff arms I’ve ever seen, no doubt.”
Henry rushed for two touchdowns.
–Field Level Media