Former Ohio State Wide Receiver Michael Thomas Named NFL Offensive Player of the Year

By Kevin Harrish on February 1, 2020 at 6:15 pm
Michael Thomas is the offensive player of the year.
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Can't Guard Mike.

Michael Thomas proved his mantra this season as he was named the AP's NFL Offensive Player of the Year after a record-setting season.

Thomas finished the season with an NFL record 149 catches, surpassing Marvin Harrison's 143 catches in 2002. Thomas did it while also leading all wide receivers with a catch rate of 80.8 percent.

On the season, Thomas finished with his record 149 catches for 1,725 yards and nine touchdowns despite missing his starting quarterback, future Hall of Famer Drew Brees, for a substantial portion of the season.

Thomas is the first Buckeye player ever to win the award and joins Defensive Rookie of the Year Nick Bosa as one of the AP's player of the year award winners.

The former Ohio State wide receiver was emotional as he accepted the award at Saturday night's NFL Honors ceremony, and gave a speech in which he paid homage to Kobe Bryant.

“My advice for the generation after me would be have that Mamba mentality,” Thomas said. “Be fearless and set goals that seem impossible for the common man. Stay disciplined and know life is going to test you. Embrace it and don't quit. The marathon continues.”

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