The Detroit Jock City staff cast their ballots and the votes have been tallied to hand out Detroit Lions awards following the 2016 season.
The Detroit Lions‘ 2016 season is officially in the rear-view mirror with the playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks. To some, the season exceeded expectations as the Lions earned their way into a playoff berth few expected. To others, the season ended in disappointment as the team squandered division-clinching scenarios on their way to losing their last four.
Regardless, we’re kicking off offseason mode by handing out season awards based on the Lions’ 2016 season. Detroit Jock City writers Zac Snyder, Matt Snyder, Erik Schlitt, Matt Pelc, Colton Wesley and Mike Rizzo submitted ballots voting on Lions season awards in nine categories.
The categories voted on were as follows: Team MVP, Offensive Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Special Teams Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Most Improved, Most Surprising, Best Moment and Worst Moment.
Each ballot listed a first, second and third place vote for each category. First place votes counted as three points, two points for a second place vote and one point for a third place votes. Award winners were determined based on the total number of points accumulated.
In the end, some votes were close, others were not, and some who received a majority of first place votes fell short in overall point total, sending the final award elsewhere.
First up, our award for the Lions’ 2016 MVP.