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Dolphins’ Tyreek Hill, Tua Tagovailoa come up empty at NFL Honors; South Florida’s Lamar Jackson wins MVP

Miami Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) scores a touchdown during an NFL football game against the Washington Commanders, Sunday, December 03, 2023 in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Daniel Kucin Jr.)
Miami Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) scores a touchdown during an NFL football game against the Washington Commanders, Sunday, December 03, 2023 in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Daniel Kucin Jr.)
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The Miami Dolphins had quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and wide receiver Tyreek Hill named finalists for respective awards, but neither came away with the prize Thursday night at NFL Honors.

Hill was nominated for Offensive Player of the Year, but San Francisco 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey was recognized. Meanwhile, Tagovailoa missed out on Comeback Player of the Year, which was won by Cleveland Browns quarterback Joe Flacco.

The Dolphins, after an 11-6 season and second consecutive playoff appearance, came up empty at the league’s award ceremony in Las Vegas days ahead of Sunday’s Super Bowl between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers.

Dolphins fullback Alec Ingold was Miami’s nominee for Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year for his charitable efforts off the field, but Pittsburgh Steelers defensive tackle Cameron Heyward won it.

Hill was the NFL’s leader in receiving yards at 1,799. He vied for the league’s first 2,000-yard receiving season for much of the year before an ankle injury caused him to miss one December game against the New York Jets and slowed his record pace for the final stretch run.

Hill also had 113 receptions and 13 receiving touchdowns, plus another one in Miami’s playoff loss to the Chiefs in Kansas City.

Tagovailoa led the league in passing yards with 4,624, while completing 69.3 percent of passes, throwing for 29 touchdowns and 14 interceptions and a passer rating of 101.1.

In his fourth NFL season, Tagovailoa made it healthy through an entire year for the first time. In 2022, he missed 5 ½ games with two documented concussions.

Hill and Tagovailoa were Pro Bowl starters this past Sunday, and in the flag football event, they connected for a 45-yard touchdown to kick off the scoring in the exhibition in Orlando.

With all the offensive firepower, along with running backs Raheem Mostert and De’Von Achane and wide receiver Jaylen Waddle, the Dolphins’ offense ranked No. 1 in total yards and second in scoring in 2023, plus first in passing offense and sixth in rushing offense.

A local South Florida connection awarded Thursday night was Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, a Pompano Beach native and Boynton Beach High grad. Jackson won league MVP for the second time in his career. He also won in 2019.

Jackson threw for 3,678 yards, 24 touchdowns and seven interceptions while the electric athlete also ran for 821 yards and five more touchdowns. He led the Ravens to the AFC’s No. 1 seed by going 13-3 in his 16 regular-season starts before Baltimore went down to the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game.

He beat out 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy, Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott and McCaffrey for the award.

Also of South Florida interest, two Miami Hurricanes greats were named to the Hall of Fame’s 2024 class: Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson and return specialist Devin Hester, primarily of the Chicago Bears.

Other award winners Thursday night included: Cleveland Browns edge defender Myles Garrett for Defensive Player of the Year, Houston Texans quarterback C.J. Stroud for Offensive Rookie of the Year, Texans defensive end Will Anderson for Defensive Rookie of the Year and the Browns’ Kevin Stefanski as Coach of the Year.

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