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Lamar Jackson Makes Incredible History With Today's MVP Award

Lamar Jackson and Tom Brady greet each other after the Ravens beat the Patriots.

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - NOVEMBER 03: Quarterback Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens and quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots talk after the Ravens defeated the Patriots at M&T Bank Stadium on November 3, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Todd Olszewski/Getty Images)

As was expected, Lamar Jackson was named NFL MVP for the 2019-20 season today. What wasn't totally expected: the history he made in the process.

Jackson had one of the most dominant individual seasons in NFL history. He played in 15 games, sitting out the final week of the season after the Baltimore Ravens had already clinched the top seed in the AFC playoffs. Jackson threw for 3,127 yards and a league-high 36 touchdowns through the air, with just six interceptions. He recorded perfect pass ratings twice on the year, which tied a Ben Roethlisberger record.

While Jackson has developed into a very impressive passer, his ability as a runner is something that we've never seen before from an NFL quarterback. Jackson set the NFL record for rushing yards from a quarterback with 1,206. Unfortunately for Ravens fans, he had one of his worst games of the year in the playoff loss to the Tennessee Titans, but Jackson was about the only player who was able to do much of anything for the Ravens in that one.

We knew, more or less, that Jackson would win this award after the year that he put up. What is a bigger surprise is the manner in which he did it. The former Heisman winner is just the second player in NFL history to be the voters' unanimous selection for the award, joining New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who became the first in 2010.

What is even more impressive is the stage in his career at which he accomplished this incredible feat. Jackson is just 23 years old. With the win, he is actually younger than this year's Heisman winner, LSU quarterback Joe Burrow, the presumptive No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

At that age, Lamar Jackson slides in behind another all-time legend with this MVP award.

The only younger NFL MVP in league history: Jim Brown.

If you ask many fans who they consider the greatest NFL player of all time, two names that will come up very often are Tom Brady and Jim Brown. We don't know where Lamar Jackson's career will take him, but it is off to one heck of a start. [

Lamar Jackson is the 2nd youngest player to ever win NFL MVP behind only legendary @Browns RB Jim Brown...

who won the award twice before turning 23. pic.twitter.com/MwERah2Yxb

— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) February 2, 2020

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