As the NFL season is coming to a close, finalists for post-season awards have begun to be named. With two former Bulldogs landing as finalists for two separate awards. Here is a list of which Bulldogs were named finalists and what awards they were nominated for.
Matthew Stafford – Comeback Player of the Year
After injuries shortened his 2022 season, Matthew Stafford returned in 2023 to throw for 3,965 yards and 24 touchdowns. His efforts would secure the Rams a 10-7 record and a playoff spot. The Rams would eventually lose to the Lions on the road in the playoffs, but would likely not have made it as far as they did without the efforts of their veteran quarterback.
Jalen Carter – Defensive Rookie of the Year
As one of the many recently selected Bulldogs by the Philadelphia Eagles, defensive lineman Jalen Carter put on a show in his first year as a professional. Carter finished the 2023 season with 20 tackles and six sacks, which would eventually propel his team to a playoff spot.