We’re down to our final award. In such a special season for the Seahawks when so many players had great years, who do you think was the one that stood out above the rest?
Marshawn Lynch: You could say that Lynch’s running style defines the Seahawks on the field. While he can finesse his way around tacklers, Lynch is an in-your-face rusher that abuses defenders with power and strength. His rushing statistics were down this season after a career-high 1,590 yards in 2012, but this season’s 1,257 is impressive. Without Lynch, the Seahawks would be a much different team offensively.
Richard Sherman: While Lynch’s playing style may define the team on the field, Sherman’s confidence flows through the team, too. One of the best cornerbacks in football, Sherman had another career year. He had eight interceptions and his coverage forced the lowest opposing quarterback-rating of any cornerback in the NFL.
Earl Thomas: Thomas doesn’t have the statistics of Sherman or the power of Lynch, but his teammates are quick to point out that he is the heart and soul of their defense. Cornerback Byron Maxwell had this to say about Thomas: “I’ve never seen anybody else like that. It’s crazy how he gets like that every day.” Sherman also said he thinks Thomas should be the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year. The combination of on-field results and respect from his teammates makes Thomas one of the best defenders in the NFL.
Russell Wilson: In the two years with Wilson at quarterback, the Seahawks have been revolutionized. He went from too short, to a third-round pick, to becoming one of the most respected and hardworking quarterbacks in the NFL. Wilson’s maturity has been well-documented, and while he is just 25-years-old, he has become a leader for the Seahawks.
While it may be a difficult choice, who do you think is the Seahawks’ MVP for their 2013 season?