DeMarco Murray was voted by the AP as the NFL's Offensive Player of the Year. The Cowboys star running back has picked up plenty of awards since the season ended, and he can add this one to his collection.
"I want to say thank you to the Jones family for taking a chance on me four years ago out of Oklahoma," Murray said. "It's been a privilege to play there. Hopefully we can continue that."
Murray easily outdistanced Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (15 votes). Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown was next with five, followed by teammate RB Le'Veon Bell with two. New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski and Dallas QB Tony Romo got one vote apiece. Murray was presented the award at the "NFL Honors'' show Saturday night.
At the same "NFL Honors" show, J.J. Watt was named Defensive Player of the Year. Odell Beckham, Jr. was named Offensive Rookie of the Year with 42 votes, coming in second place was the Cowboys own Zack Martin with seven votes. For a guard to come in second place is quite an accomplishment. The Defensive Rookie of the Year was Aaron Donald.
Bruce Arians from the Arizona Cardinals was name Coach of the Year with 39.5 votes. Jason Garret tied for second place with Houston's Bill O'Brien, both coaches got three votes apiece. Todd Bowles of the Cardinals won the Assistant Coach of the Year with 22 votes. Second and third place were taken by Rod Marinelli (12 votes) and Scott Linehan (3 votes).
The Cowboys were well-represented in these votes as is befitting such a good year by the team.