One NFL writer’s decision denied Lamar Jackson the honor of winning his second unanimous MVP award, and that person has now been revealed.
Following Jackson’s MVP win on Thursday night, it was discovered that he fell short of a unanimous vote due to one person voting for Josh Allen instead.
ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith criticized the voter on Friday, labeling the decision as a “stupid homer vote” and questioning their objectivity.
The voter, Aaron Schatz of FTN Fantasy, subsequently came forward and confirmed that he was the individual who voted against Jackson.
Schatz defended his decision with detailed statistical analysis, explaining his belief that Allen was the better quarterback over Jackson based on the data.
“I looked at all this data. I tried to make the case for Lamar Jackson. I tried very hard to convince myself that I felt he was the guy. And I just could not do it. He had a great season. He’s a very good quarterback. I simply do not believe he was the best quarterback in the NFL this year, even though he led the best team,” Schatz stated.
It’s unlikely that Lamar Jackson is too concerned about a single vote, especially considering he has once again been eliminated from the NFL playoffs without reaching the Super Bowl. For him, the ultimate goal of winning a Super Bowl likely outweighs the importance of winning his second MVP award unanimously.