Lamar Jackson wins 2023 NFL MVP: How Ravens QB won for second time


Lamar Jackson capped off his stellar season by picking up the 2023 NFL MVP award Thursday at the NFL Honors ceremony. The Baltimore Ravens quarterback became the 11th player in league history to win the award for a second time after he captured his first MVP honor in the 2019 season.

Jackson completed 67.2 percent of his passes for 3,678 yards with 24 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He also produced in the running game with 821 rushing yards and five TDs. He guided the Ravens to the No. 1 seed in the AFC this postseason and advanced to the AFC Championship Game for the first time in his career, before losing to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Others deemed finalists for the award with Jackson:

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The Ravens extended Jackson’s contract last April on a five-year deal worth $260 million, with $185 million guaranteed. The investment paid off with Jackson looking far more like his MVP self of four seasons ago in 2023.

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Why Jackson won

Jackson didn’t emerge as an MVP candidate this season because he led the league in touchdown passes, set rushing records and directed the highest-scoring offense in the NFL. He did all those things in 2019, when he became only the second unanimous MVP in NFL history.

Jackson also didn’t necessarily have his signature MVP moment this season, as he did in 2019 with the spin move and dash to the end zone in Cincinnati or the five touchdown passes in Los Angeles.

What Jackson did produce this season was more evidence that he’s the league’s single most important player to his team’s success. As Hall of Fame quarterback and ESPN analyst Troy Aikman said before a Ravens broadcast this past season, there’s no quarterback asked to do more for his team.

In 2023, Jackson delivered. He showed his growth as a passer, decision-maker and leader, all while learning a completely new offense under first-year Ravens coordinator Todd Monken. He stayed healthy and remained as dangerous as ever as a dual-threat quarterback.

As teams made their playoff pushes in November and December, Jackson was the best player on the field week in and week out. Baltimore outplayed one top team and MVP candidate after another en route to a 13-4 regular season and the AFC’s top seed. — Jeff Zrebiec, Ravens beat writer

Jackson outlasts field

It had been a pretty wild year in terms of forecasting the MVP race. Here’s a list of players who’ve been the favorite to win the award, via BetMGM, at some point in the last year:

There were five shifts atop the odds in a five-week span: Hurts, Prescott/Purdy, Prescott, Purdy and Jackson.

Head-to-head matchups told the story in a wide-open race this season. Jackson performed well against any of the challengers, especially with Purdy. Plus, Jackson was good all season and outstanding to close it. That’s why Jackson captured his second career MVP award. — Larry Holder, NFL senior writer

NFL MVP list

Year Player Team

2023

Lamar Jackson

Baltimore Ravens

2022

Patrick Mahomes

Kansas City Chiefs

2021

Aaron Rodgers

Green Bay Packers

2020

Aaron Rodgers

Green Bay Packers

2019

Lamar Jackson

Baltimore Ravens

2018

Patrick Mahomes

Kansas City Chiefs

2017

Tom Brady

New England Patriots

2016

Matt Ryan

Atlanta Falcons

2015

Cam Newton

Carolina Panthers

2014

Aaron Rodgers

Green Bay Packers

2013

Peyton Manning

Denver Broncos

2012

Adrian Peterson

Minnesota Vikings

2011

Aaron Rodgers

Green Bay Packers

2010

Tom Brady

New England Patriots

2009

Peyton Manning

Indianapolis Colts

2008

Peyton Manning

Indianapolis Colts

2007

Tom Brady

New England Patriots

2006

LaDainian Tomlinson

San Diego Chargers

2005

Shaun Alexander

Seattle Seahawks

2004

Peyton Manning

Indianapolis Colts

2003

Steve McNair

Tennessee Titans

2003

Peyton Manning

Indianapolis Colts

2002

Rich Gannon

Oakland Raiders

2001

Kurt Warner

St. Louis Rams

2000

Marshall Faulk

St. Louis Rams

1999

Kurt Warner

St. Louis Rams

1998

Terrell Davis

Denver Broncos

1997

Barry Sanders

Detroit Lions

1997

Brett Favre

Green Bay Packers

1996

Brett Favre

Green Bay Packers

1995

Brett Favre

Green Bay Packers

1994

Steve Young

San Francisco 49ers

1993

Emmitt Smith

Dallas Cowboys

1992

Steve Young

San Francisco 49ers

1991

Thurman Thomas

Buffalo Bills

1990

Joe Montana

San Francisco 49ers

1989

Joe Montana

San Francisco 49ers

1988

Boomer Esiason

Cincinnati Bengals

1987

John Elway

Denver Broncos

1986

Lawrence Taylor

New York Giants

1985

Marcus Allen

Los Angeles Raiders

1984

Dan Marino

Miami Dolphins

1983

Joe Theismann

Washington

1982

Mark Moseley

Washington

1981

Ken Anderson

Cincinnati Bengals

1980

Brian Sipe

Cleveland Browns

1979

Earl Campbell

Houston Oilers

1978

Terry Bradshaw

Pittsburgh Steelers

1977

Walter Payton

Chicago Bears

1976

Bert Jones

Baltimore Colts

1975

Fran Tarkenton

Minnesota Vikings

1974

Ken Stabler

Oakland Raiders

1973

O.J. Simpson

Buffalo Bills

1972

Larry Brown

Washington

1971

Alan Page

Minnesota Vikings

1970

John Brodie

San Francisco 49ers

1969

Roman Gabriel

Los Angeles Rams

1968

Earl Morrall

Baltimore Colts

1967

Johnny Unitas

Baltimore Colts

1966

Bart Starr

Green Bay Packers

1965

Jim Brown

Cleveland Browns

1964

Johnny Unitas

Baltimore Colts

1963

Y.A. Tittle

New York Giants

1962

Jim Taylor

Green Bay Packers

1961

Paul Hornung

Green Bay Packers

1959

Johnny Unitas

Baltimore Colts

1958

Jim Brown

Cleveland Browns

1957

Jim Brown

Cleveland Browns

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