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So far through the first quarter of the NFL season, we have several candidates for league MVP stepping up already. If these players can keep up their stellar play, the race for the year end award could be a toss up.
The most surprising name to be in the discussion is the Chicago Bears’ Khalil Mack. It’s not because he’s undeserving, but because this has historically been a quarterback or running back award since it started in 1957.
The NFL hasn’t had a defensive player win this award since 1986 when the New York Giants’ Lawrence Taylor won. Before him, the last defensive player to win was defensive tackle Alan Page of the Minnesota Vikings.
And that’s it.
Those two, along with Washington Redskins’ kicker Mark Moseley in the strike shortened season of 1982, are the only non-QB/RB to win the league’s MVP award.
Mack is currently second in the all-important FanPulse voting behind the Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes, and in front of the Rams’ Jared Goff, and the Saints’ Alvin Kamara, but I think Mack has staying power.
Remember this is a guy that was just signed before the season started. His offseaosn workout was basically at the gym. He’s done all his damage, and won NFC Defensive Player of the Month, while working himself into football shape.
Unless Mahomes continues his ridiculous pace, I think Mack may have what it takes to become the third defensive player to take the prize.
What do you guys think?