It's been quite a season for Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi, as he went from having to watch from home in Week 1 due to discplinary reasons to becoming one of the top young rushers in the league, as well as the recipient of the Miami Dolphins' Dan Marino Most Valuable Player award.
But Ajayi's accolades may just keep piling up.
Every year, VIZIO gives out their annual Top Value Performer trophy, an award given to the NFL player whose on-field performance exceeds the value of their contract by the greatest margin. The 23-year old Ajayi is one of five finalists for this award, as he had his breakout season on his still cheap rookie contract. He will be under said contract until 2018.
The other players up for this award are:
Ajayi has a great case for earning this award, as he joined elite company in 2016 after he not only became only the fourth running back in NFL history to run for over 200 yards in consecutive games, but also the third running back in NFL history to run for three 200-yard rushing games in a single season.
One was against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the middle of the regular season, and the other two were both against the Buffalo Bills.
Those numbers put Ajayi in the same category as legends such as Earl Campbell, O.J. Simpson, Tiki Barber, and of course former Dolphins running back Ricky Williams.
Overall, the young London native had himself an incredible season, running for 1,272 yards on 260 carries, with eight touchdowns and an average of 4.9 yards per rush. When taken into account the fact that the offensive line only seemed capable of getting push and making holes for about five of the 15 games he played this season, those numbers become even more impressive. He also tacked on 27 receptions for 151 yards.
If Ajayi is to win this award, he will need help from fans, as the decision is made completely based on fan votes. So in order to vote for the Dolphins star running back, click here and vote as often as you like. Voting will be open until Monday, January 16th, 11:59 PM PT.
The season ended on a bit of a sour note, but make no mistake, this is just the beginning for Ajayi and the rest of the Miami Dolphins.
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