The Kansas City Chiefs honored their MVP and Rookie of the Year winners Saturday at the annual NFL 101 Awards, by handing out the Derrick Thomas and Mack Lee Hill Award to running back Jamaal Charles and cornerback Marcus Cooper.
It was the second straight time Charles has been named MVP and fourth time in five years.
“This is my fourth time to win this award and it’s such an honor,” Charles said. “This is a great event and I’m so happy to be here.
Cooper was claimed off waivers from the San Francisco 49ers after final cuts and quickly proved he could already deliver more than most seventh-round picks. He played in all 16 games (6 starts) and had 44 tackles, 18 passes defensed and one forced fumble.
The rookie was exposed a bit as the season went on, but he has the raw tools to develop into a solid corner for the Chiefs opposite Brandon Flowers.
Charles and Cooper weren’t the only Chiefs honored at the ceremony. Andy Reid was AFC Coach of the Year and Len Dawson accepted the Lamar Hunt Award for Professional Football.
Chiefs owner Clark Hunt was on hand to to give Dawson the award named for his father.
“His passion and knowledge for the game has led to an incredible broadcast career that Chiefs fans have enjoyed for more than three decades,” Hunt said. “We are delighted to honor him with the Lamar Hunt Award for Professional Football.”
You can watch the 101 Awards March 16th at 7pm on the NFL Network.
The 101 Awards gala truly is a remarkable event and is a longstanding tradition in Kansas City. To watch the full event, tune in on March 16th at 7PM CT on NFL Network.