Jamaal Charles and Eric Berry have capped impressive seasons by winning the Derick Thomas (MVP) and Mack Lee Hill Award (ROY), respectively the team announced today.
The Derrick Thomas Award is the latest installment on a mantle full of hardware for Charles.
He now becomes the fourth player in franchise history to win MVP honors in back-to-back seasons, joining Priest Holmes (2001-02), Trent Green (2003-04) and Larry Johnson (2005-06). No player has ever won the award three times.
As the 2010 Mack Lee Hill Award winner, Berry joins a long list of revered Chiefs that have won the rookie honor.
Both awards will be presented at the 41st annual 101 Awards Banquet on Saturday, March 5th at the Westin Crown Center. Head Coach Todd Haley will receive the 101 AFC Coach of the Year Award that evening as well. In addition, Clay Matthews, Troy Polamalu, Michael Vick, Tom Brady and Mike Smith will be recognized as 101 Award winners during the event.
Charles and Berry must be pumped right now. They have both received plenty of honors this season (though not enough if you ask me) but not much can top being recognized by the guys you hit the field with every day from the Summer straight through January.
Call me crazy, but something tells me that Charles will become the first player to with the Derrick Thomas Award three years in a row next season. With Thomas Jones showing a bit of his age down the stretch, there shouldn’t be anything able to keep Todd Haley from fully unleashing Charles.
As for Berry, he could be one of the players that gives Charles a run for his money in the team MVP voting. After all, the winners three years in a row were Derrick Johnson, Tamba Hali and Dwayne Bowe, all who likely took some votes from Charles this offseason.