Last night, Patrick Mahomes took home his second league MVP award in just his sixth NFL season.
Shortly after the award winners are announced, the total votes that were tallied are revealed, which usually sparks up controversy and debate.
For instance, last night, Mahomes secured 48 of the possible 50 first-place votes for the MVP award, and one vote was given to both Jalen Hurts and Josh Allen.
It was also revealed that there was a fifth-place vote cast for someone that wasn’t even nominated for the award to begin the week.
Bills assistant athletic trainer Denny Kellington performed lifesaving CPR on Damar Hamlin on the field.
He ended up receiving a 5th place vote for the NFL’s MVP award, a sign of respect and appreciation for him.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) February 10, 2023
Suzy Kolber, an ESPN employee, decided to cast her fifth-place vote for Denny Kellington.
Kellington was one of the most instrumental staff members when Damar Hamlin was injured.
Many credit Kellington’s on-field actions as the main reason that Hamlin is still alive to this day.
Similar to Kolber’s vote for Kellington last night, we wanted to highlight his career thus far, and how he got to the position that he did.
The vote came from ESPN’s Suzy Kolber.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 10, 2023
Kellington studied at Oklahoma State University and Ohio State University, before becoming an athletic trainer in the NFL.
He interned for the Denver Broncos from 1999-2001 and then left the league for several years.
In 2017, he joined the Buffalo Bills’ staff, where he has been their assistant athletic trainer ever since.
Hamlin and the rest of the Bills organization must be incredibly pleased with Kellington’s work, and thankful that he is a part of their staff.
It’s not often that people like Kellington get recognized on a national stage, and Kolber has since been applauded for her act of respect for Kellington’s heroic actions.NEXT: Top NFL QB Prospect Is Looking To Make Modern Draft History