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Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson Voted NFL’s top player

CINCINNATI, OHIO - NOVEMBER 10: Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens watches the action during the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on November 10, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson has been named the No. 1 player on the “Top 100 Players of 2020.”

Jackson was voted by his fellow athletes as the top player in the entire NFL, as he ranked No.1 in the NFL’s Top 100 list which was revealed on Wednesday.

He beats off competition from the league’s reigning Most Valuable Player, Russell Wilson, who finished as runner-up. Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald, last year’s top player, was third, while Kansas City Chiefs quarterback and Super Bowl LIV MVP Patrick Mahomes finished fourth in the countdown, which concluded Wednesday night.

The Louisville alum came out of nowhere from not being part of the list in 2019 to being in the top spot prior to the 2020 NFL season.

Jackson did not make the NFL’s “Top 100” list last year but he was able to finish ahead of a handful of countdown regulars this term.

For what it’s worth though, while some would like to see Patrick Mahomes take the top spot (he’s No.4), Lamar Jackson is equally deserving.

At 23 years old, Jackson is by far the youngest player to receive to top honors in the 10-year history of the “Top 100,” besting Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, who was 26 in 2015. Jackson also edged linebacker Ray Lewis, who ranked No. 4 in 2011, for the highest finish by a Raven. NFL Films collected 970 ballots and interviewed 132 players for “Top 100 Players of 2020.”

Isaac Darko
Isaac Darko is the lead Combat Sports writer for AfroBallers. He is an expert in Boxing, Mixed Martial Art and Wrestling reportage. Isaac is a journalist with newfound love for athlete management and digital media.

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