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Pro Football Writers of America name Christian McCaffrey Offensive Player of the Year

Jan 24, 2024, 10:54 AM

Christian McCaffrey #23 runs for a touchdown after hauling in a 41-yard pass from Brock Purdy #13 o...

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - DECEMBER 17: Christian McCaffrey #23 runs for a touchdown after hauling in a 41-yard pass from Brock Purdy #13 of the San Francisco 49ers during the third quarter of a game against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium on December 17, 2023 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Awards continue to fall for San Francisco 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey.

On Wednesday, the Pro Football Writers of America [PFWA] announced McCaffrey as their 2023 Offensive Player of the Year. The PFWA also named Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson as their Most Valuable Player and Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett as the Defensive Player of the Year.

Despite not playing the final game of the year, McCaffrey ended the 2023 season as the NFL’s rushing leader with 1,459 yards. He becomes only the second 49ers player to receive the award and the first running back honored since Todd Gurley in 2017.

McCaffrey also led the NFL in scrimmage yards with 2,023 and with Raheem Mostert, tied for the league leaders in total touchdowns with 21.

Previously named as an AP First-Team All-Pro and Pro Bowl team, the 27-year-old running back was also NFC Offensive Player of the Month for September and December/January.

Is this a precursor to the NFL’s awards? The NFL Honors will be presented on Thursday, Feb. 8.

Key offseason dates for Christian McCaffrey and the 49ers

  • Sunday, Feb. 4th – NFL Pro Bowl Games
  • Sunday, Feb. 11th – Super Bowl LVIII at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas
  • Tuesday, Feb. 20th – Teams can begin franchising players until Tuesday, March 5th
  • Tuesday, Feb. 27 – NFL Combine begins

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