The New York Jets have announced their 2020 player awards, headlined by Marcus Maye snagging the team MVP.
No, 2020 doesn’t mark one of the great seasons in New York Jets history. In related news, the sky is blue.
Now that we toss aside the captain obvious headlines of the day, we discuss the Jets’ 2020 player awards, which were announced Christmas Eve morning. It’ll undoubtedly bring on a bit of snickering from the peanut gallery, but that’s perfectly OK.
For those who understand the game at its root level, and who have played at the college (or even high school) level, these player awards will always remain important no matter a team’s record. The nature of the sports would simply have it no other way.
Marcus Maye: Curtis Martin Team MVP
Blessed. Honored. I appreciate my teammates more than anything!
— Marcus Maye (@alldayMAYE) December 24, 2020
Maye, 27, has played in all 14 games this season. He’s tallied two sacks, three tackles for loss, two quarterback hits, 11 passes defended, two incredible interceptions and a play against the Rams last Sunday that helped his team to its first victory of the season.
— Christopher Reiss (@ReissReport) December 20, 2020
The only other two candidates for team MVP this season were Quinnen Williams and Mekhi Becton. Although it could be argued Big Q enjoyed a more dominant season, Maye is the veteran and hasn’t missed a game.
Team player awards differ from league awards. The veteran, the established guy, always has a leg up on the youngsters. Nonetheless, Maye deserved the Team MVP this season.
- Frank Gore — Dennis Byrd/Most Inspirational Player
- Ryan Griffin — Ed Block Courage/Most Courageous Player
- Matthias Farley — Marty Lyons/Community Service
- Folorunso Fatukasi — Kyle Clifton/”Good Guy”
- Denzel Mims — Bill Hampton/”Rookie Who Acts Like a Pro”
The four remaining awards range from wily vet to fresh rookie.
Frank Gore, the man who helped cement the team’s first victory, snags the Dennis Byrd/Most Inspirational Player award for obvious reasons.
Ryan Griffin’s Most Courageous Player award is highlighted by the ugly ankle injury sustained last year that threatened his playing career.
Foley Fatukasi is now a two-time winner of the Good Guy award, as voted on by the staff. The UConn product remains one of the “best good guys” in the NFL.
And finally, Denzel Mims’s cool, calm and collected demanor—especially while dealing with hamstring injuries that kept him out until Week 7—allows him to take home the Bill Hampton award.