In an outstanding season, Josh Jacobs wins Jim Brown Award
As the first recipient in history to receive the new honor, Josh Jacobs wins Jim Brown Award while rushing for 1,653 yards this 2022–2023 NFL season for the Las Vegas Raiders. The new award was announced at NFL Honors by Hall of Fame running backs Barry Sanders and Emmitt Smith with the legendary Jim Brown himself in attendance.
“It is a true honor to be named as the first recipient of the Jim Brown Award,” said Jacobs. “Jim’s excellence on the football field was unparalleled and his role as a leader off the field showed his unwavering strength and commitment to the community. Jim’s impact can be felt today and his legacy continues through everyone that strives to make a difference. I am beyond proud to receive an award named for such a great man.”
The Raiders running back was also crowned the FedEx Ground Player of the Year. The fourth-year back surpassed running backs Derrick Henry (Tennessee Titans) and Nick Chubb (Cleveland Browns) for the FedEX GPOTY award. Setting a career-high 229 rushing yards on November 27 against the Seattle Seahawks, Jacobs led the league in total rushing yards with 1,653 and won FedEx Ground Player of the Week twice this season. There’s no doubt Jacobs wins Jim Brown Award for his achievements.
Jacobs also tallied 12 touchdowns on 340 carries this season and added 400 yard on 53 receptions. The young star finished the 2022–2023 NFL season with the most scrimmage yards (2,053).
With this honor, a Historically Black College or University (HBCU) of the running back’s choice will receive a $20,000 donation. As Jacobs wins Jim Brown Award, the former University of Alabama standout chose Langston University, which is just 30 minutes west from his Tulsa, Oklahoma, hometown.