- Christian McCaffrey received 39 of 50 first-place votes and earned 222 points
- Garrett received 23 first-place votes and 165 points to Watt’s 19 first-place votes.
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Christian McCaffrey took home the AP Offensive Player of the Year award announced at NFL Honors on Thursday night.
San Francisco’s All-Pro running back received 39 of 50 first-place votes and earned 222 points, edging out Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek Hill in voting by a national panel of 50 voters that includes members of the media who cover regularly the NFL, former players and coaches.
Myles Garrett beat out TJ Watt for AP Defensive Player of the Year.
Cleveland’s All-Pro running back received 23 first-place votes and 165 points to Watt’s 19 first-place votes and 140 points from a national panel of voters that includes media members who regularly cover the NFL, former players and coaches.
First place votes are worth five points, second place votes are worth three, and third place votes are worth one.
49ers star Christian McCaffrey wins AP Offensive Player of the Year award
Cleveland Browns’ Myles Garrett beat TJ Watt for AP Defensive Player of the Year
San Francisco’s All-Pro running back outplayed Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek Hill (pictured)
Hill received seven first-place votes and finished with 139 points. Cowboys wide receiver CeeDee Lamb was third with 45 points, including a first-place vote. Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson earned three first-place votes and finished fourth.
A unanimous All-Pro selection, McCaffrey led the NFL with 1,459 rushing yards and had 14 rushing touchdowns for the NFC champion 49ers. He also had 564 receiving yards for seven touchdowns.
Dallas Cowboys running back Micah Parsons finished third for Defensive Player of the Year with 89 points, including seven first-place votes. Cornerback DaRon Bland, Parson’s teammate, earned the other first-place vote and was fifth behind Raiders leader Maxx Crosby.
Watt, who won the award in 2021, led the NFL with 19 sacks. But Garrett had the best season overall for the NFL’s top-ranked defense.
Despite constant double-teams, Garrett had 14 sacks, 30 quarterback hits, 17 tackles for loss, four forced fumbles and forced offensive coordinators to avoid his side of the field.
Bland set an NFL record with five interception returns for touchdowns, but was only named on six ballots. He got two votes for second place and three for third, along with first.