With their season over the Kansas City Chiefs players awarded the Derrick Thomas (MVP) and Mack Lee Hill (ROY) Awards on Monday. LB Derrick Johnson was named the team MVP, while LB Justin Houston takes home Rookie of the Year.
Johnson was the Chiefs leading tackler, setting the team record, and led a Kansas City defense that had to try and overcome a nearly non-existent offensive attack and carried the team to the brink of a second straight playoff berth.
RB Jamaal Charles took home the Derrick Thomas Award each of the last two seasons, but couldn’t become the first Chiefs player to ever win it three times in a row after going down with a knee injury the second week of the season.
The last linebacker to win the MVP award was Marvcus Patton in 1999.
Houston looked like anything but a contender for the ROY award after arriving to training camp late and out of shape. However, he was a quick study and soon passed Andy Studebaker on the depth chart as the starter opposite Tamba Hali, finally giving the defense another pass rushing option.
S Eric Berry was voted the team Rookie of the Year last season. Johnson was the last linebacker to win the award in 2005, though Hali won it as a defensive end in 2006.
Both awards will be presented at the 42nd Annual 101 Banquet on March 3rd at the Westin Crown Center. Former Chiefs head coach Todd Haley was honored at the banquet last year as the AFC Coach of the Year Award.