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Lamar Jackson wins NFL's top award

Lamar Jackson's stunning NFL season has earned him the league's most valuable player award.

The Baltimore Ravens second-year quarterback joins Tom Brady as the only players to be unanimously named MVP.

Jackson set an NFL record for yards rushing by a quarterback (1206) and led an offence that compiled more yards on the ground than any in league history (3296).

The Ravens won their final 12 games of the regular season to finish at 14-2, the league's best mark.

Brady achieved the feat in 2010. And like Brady, Jackson's special season did not include a championship.

The Ravens were big winners at NFL Honors on Saturday.

John Harbaugh won coaching honours and his offensive co-rdinator, Greg Roman took best assistant coach honours.

Tennessee's Ryan Tannehill earned the Comeback Player award by one vote over Jimmy Garoppolo, who will quarterback the 49ers in Sunday's Super Bowl.

New Orleans' Michael Thomas took top offensive player honours, while New England's Stephon Gilmore grabbed the defensive player award.

Rookie honours went to 49ers edge rusher Nick Bosa and Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray, the top overall pick in last April's draft.

Edge rusher Calais Campbell of the Jacksonville Jaguars won the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award.

Thomas is only the second wide receiver to win Offensive Player of the Year. He is in good company; the other receiver to take the honour was Hall of Famer Jerry Rice in 1987 and 1993.

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