His record-setting year helped him get voted in unanimously as a First-Team All-Pro player. Kelce’s teammates and the Chiefs franchise are mounting a campaign for him to earn recognition for a different award, though. The same 50 media members who voted him as an All-Pro will cast their ballots later for the NFL Honors awards. Everyone in Kansas City is hoping that they’ll vote for Kelce as the NFL’s Offensive Player of the Year.
The team released a video on social media channels voiced by quarterback Patrick Mahomes on Thursday, championing Kelce as this season’s Offensive Player of the Year. Check it out:
“This season has been far from ordinary,” Mahomes says in the video. “But then again, when has ordinary become the expected. Ordinary isn’t supposed to look like 100-catch seasons or rewriting the league’s record books. Ordinary doesn’t even come close to setting franchise records or hitting 1,000 yards receiving for five consecutive years. I’m no expert, but this is far from ordinary.”
Kelce would be the first tight end to receive the Offensive Player of the Year award in its history, dating back to its inception in 1972. He’d be the first non-quarterback or running back to win the award since Jerry Rice took home the award back in 1987. It’d be an incredible and long-overdue feat for Kelce to represent his fellow tight ends by earning recognition as Offensive Player of the Year.
If the All-Pro vote is any indication, Kelce should have a lot of proponents among the 50 media members set to vote on the Offensive Player of the Year Award. There are still a few weeks left before we find out who will take home that award and others. All NFL Honors awards are announced during the week leading up to Super Bowl LV. Right now, the writing is on the wall, Kelce’s extraordinary season means he should be the NFL’s Offensive Player of the Year for 2020.