The Kansas City Chiefs honored their MVP and Rookie of the Year winners this weekend by handing out the Derrick Thomas Award to Jamaal Charles and Mack Lee Hill Award to Dontari Poe.
Charles and Poe were given the awards at the 43rd annual NFL 101 Awards at the Westin in Kansas City. The biggest names from around the league get to take home hardware every year, but the Chiefs also honor two of their own.
After last season, Derrick Johnson took home the MVP award, while fellow-linebacker Justin Houston was honored as the Rookie of the Year.
Johnson was the only other player that could have challenged Charles for this year’s MVP award. Both players led their units all year, but Charles was the only consistent playmaker Kansas City had all season, despite never being able to play with an NFL-caliber quarterback. The explosive running back finished with 1,509 yards on 285 carries including five touchdowns.
There wasn’t much competition for the Chiefs Rookie of the Year award. In another abysmal draft class, only Poe and Jeff Allen — who played in all 16 games, including 13 starts, on the offensive line — made any sort of impact in 2012.
Poe started all 16 games and totaled 38 tackles, though he failed to register a sack. Though he rarely got to play against top-level competition in college, Poe seemed to get stronger as his rookie season went on. He averaged less than two tackles a game over the first 10 games, but nearly 3.5 over the next six.