To no one’s surprise, Justin Jefferson and Nick Bosa were awarded Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year, respectively.

Jefferson beat out Jalen Hurts, Patrick Mahomes, and Tyreek Hill to win the award, while Bosa beat out Chris Jones and Micah Parsons.

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Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson (Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports)

The Minnesota Vikings receiver came close to setting the all-time single-season receiving yards record, but at least he showed why anyone can argue that he’s the best receiver in the NFL.

His 128 receptions and 1,809 receiving yards led the entire league, and he also caught eight touchdowns (he also rushed for one). He has been an All-Pro in all three of his NFL seasons, and this season he earned a first-team nomination. He had nine 100-plus receiving yard games, one 223-yard game, seven 130-plus yard games. His 4,825 receiving yards are the most in the first three seasons by a player in NFL history.

The 23-year-old was the 22nd pick of the 2020 NFL Draft and has far exceeded almost all expectations since leaving LSU three years ago.

Justin Jefferson of the Minnesota Vikings runs during the first half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions on Sunday, December 11, 2022, in Detroit.

Justin Jefferson of the Minnesota Vikings runs during the first half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions on Sunday, December 11, 2022, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

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As for Bosa, the star running back for the San Francisco 49ers led the NFL in sacks with 18.5 in 16 games along with 51 combined tackles, 19 of which ended in loss. He also had 48 quarterback hits, two forced fumbles and one pass defensed.

This comes after Bosa had 15.5 sacks in his third NFL season, earning him his second Pro Bowl appearance in 2021. Last season, he led the NFL in tackles for loss with 21, but total sacks is what pushed him to the top.

Bosa also received the AP Defensive Rookie of the Year Award, which he earned in 2019 after having nine sacks, 16 tackles for loss, one interception and one forced fumble.

Bosa was a clear star on the NFL’s top-ranked defense for San Francisco last regular season. He averaged 16.3 points allowed per game as well as 300.6 total yards, both leading stats in the NFL.

Nick Bosa of the San Francisco 49ers reacts as he walks onto the field before an NFL Divisional Round football game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Dallas Cowboys at Levi's Stadium on January 22, 2023. , in Santa Clara, Calif.

Nick Bosa of the San Francisco 49ers reacts as he walks onto the field before an NFL Divisional Round football game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Dallas Cowboys at Levi’s Stadium on January 22, 2023. , in Santa Clara, Calif. (Michael Owens/Getty Images)

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By the way, no superstar is older than 25, so they are definitely here to stay and wreak havoc for a long time.

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