For the first time since 1993, a wide receiver was named the NFL Offensive Player of the Year. After a record-setting season, Michael Thomas joined Jerry Rice as the only wideout to win this award.
Thomas had an incredible season with the New Orleans Saints, totaling 149 receptions for 1,725 yards and nine touchdowns. He set the record for most receptions in a single season, shattering Marvin Harrison’s record that stood for 17 years.
What made this season so special for Thomas was that he managed to have success even when Drew Brees missed time with a thumb injury.
Christian McCaffrey, Lamar Jackson and Russell Wilson certainly presented strong cases to win Offensive Player of the Year, but the NFL ultimately went with Thomas.
This just adds to Thomas’ list of achievements this season, which includes All-Pro honors and another Pro Bowl appearance.
New Orleans quickly congratulated its star wideout on this special night.
— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) February 1, 2020
Thomas received 19 votes for the award, edging out Jackson by just two votes.
It’s going to be tough for Thomas to put up even better numbers next season. On the other hand, we’ve seen him increase his total number of receptions each season.
Congratulations to Michael Thomas on an exceptional year with the Saints.