This didn’t actually happen, did it?
Yes it did, and it will likely never happen again in the history of the National Football League.
Believe it or not, a kicker actually was once named the league’s most valuable player.
Not a quarterback or a running back who produces touchdowns, but a kicker who attempted just an average of more than two field goals a game.
It’s akin to a pinch hitter winning an MVP award in baseball, or a sixth man (first player off of the bench to replace a starter) in the NBA being named league MVP.
But the year was 1982, when a players strike muddled the entire complexion of the league’s schedule.
Instead of a 16-game schedule, the league was reduced to playing a nine-game schedule during the regular season, and the Washington Redskins thrived in the abbreviated season.
The Redskins went 8-1 during the regular season and continued that dominance in four playoff games, ultimately winning its first Super Bowl title with a 27-17 win over the Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl XVII.