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NFL: Awards stacking up for Kupp and Rodgers

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp became just third wide receiver to win the NFL's Offensive Player of the Year award on Thursday, with Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers retaining his league MVP title.

Kupp, who is 5/6 to record the most receiving yards in the Super Bowl, polled 70 per cent of the votes after a season in which he claimed the first receiving triple crown in more than a decade.

The 28-year-old is just the fifth player in history to finish a season with the most catches, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns.

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Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor finished runner-up to Kupp with 10 of the 50 votes to his name, while Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady received three and Rodgers two of the remaining five votes.

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Packers star Rodgers picked up his fourth regular season MVP honour at the television special after a season in which he had the NFL's highest passer rating (111.9) and took Green Bay to the play-offs as the number one seed in the NFC Conference.

That made him the first player to win the award in back-to-back seasons since Peyton Manning in 2008 and 2009 and puts him one MVP shy of Manning's record of five.

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker TJ Watt, 27, was named Defensive Player of the Year after tying former New York Giants star Michael Strahan's single-season record for sacks (22.5).

Micah Parsons took the Defensive Rookie of the Year award after the Dallas Cowboys star became the first player in 25 years to pass 80 tackles and 10 sacks in his first NFL season.

Cincinnati Bengals wideout Ja'Marr Chase was named Rookie of the Year and Offensive Rookie of the Year while it was no surprise to see his teammate Joe Burrow land the Comeback Player of the Year prize after his brilliant re-emergence after a serious knee injury in 2020.

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