At the 2022 NFL Honors on Thursday, the Seattle Seahawks won two awards. One is for Geno Smith and the other is for a 12. Here is what you need to know for Friday.
Let’s start with the 12. Seahawks fan Larry Bevans won the NFL Fan of the Year presented by Captain Morgan. Bevans is a rabid Seattle football fan, of course, but he is so much more than that as a person. He heads the Southwest Washington Seattle Seahawks Booster Club and travels to basically every game but that’s just the fan apart.
In 2017, the Eagle Creek fire destroyed the property and homes of many people in Oregon and Washington. Bevans led the booster club in helping people, however. The club began collecting money from persons at bars on game day Sundays and that helped a great many of the people affected to get back to having a normal life.
Seahawks win two year-end awards for the 2022 season
Bevans also has been a foster parent for nearly two decades. But wait, there’s even more. Bevans also is involved in different charitable events, like having car shows to raise money, which allows kids who couldn’t normally go to Seahawks games to go, and also providing gift baskets for foster children. Bevans earned the award for being a fan but he also simply makes humanity better too.
As far as the other Seahawk that won an award, that would be quarterback Geno Smith. He was awarded the AP Comeback Player of the Year. Smith has mostly been a backup since 2014, bounced around the league a bit, and then finally got a chance to start full-time again with Seattle in 2022.
Smith turned his chance into one of the best seasons by a Seattle quarterback ever. He broke the record, albeit in one more game than others would have had a chance to play, for most passing yards in a season with 4,282. His quarterback rating of 100.9 was seventh-best by a Seahawk. But Geno won the NFL award because he simply did what no one expected better than any other player trying to rebuild their career this season.
Smith also received a fifth-place vote for MVP. It would be easy to say that Russell Wilson never received an MVP vote with Seattle and now Geno has, but the voting has changed and there are a lot more tiers than simply getting a vote for MVP or not. And in other voting, rookie running back Kenneth Walker III was second in AP Offensive Rookie of the Year, and rookie cornerback Tariq Woolen placed third in AP Defensive Rookie of the Year.