49ers’ Christian McCaffrey ‘grateful’ for MVP buzz, but ‘Super Bowl is the biggest thing on the planet’

Super Bowl week always involves more than just the Big Game on Sunday, and that is certainly the case for All-Pro San Francisco 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey. 

The NFL’s leader in rushing yards (1,459), scrimmage yards (2,023) and co-leader in scrimmage touchdowns (21) earned both Pro Bowl and First Team All-Pro selections for his production this season. On Thursday night, he’ll find out if he will be the first running back to win league MVP honors since Adrian Peterson in 2012 during the NFL Honors award show. 

“One thing this week has taught me is, the individual awards and all the individual accolades that you get are great, but there’s nothing bigger than the Super Bowl, and that’s very true,” McCaffrey said Wednesday, via NFL.com. “I think I realized that when they announced the All-Pro and the Pro Bowl and all those things.

“I’m extremely grateful for those, and I don’t take them lightly, and I don’t take them for granted, but to have an opportunity to play in the Super Bowl is the biggest thing on the planet, and I think it’s what this whole game is about. So I think that’s what’s really special.”

However, the NFL’s top running back is unsure of his credentials being enough to clear the arbitrary bar for a running back to be the league’s MVP. Quarterbacks have won the last 10 MVP awards.

“To be an MVP as a running back, I think you gotta rush for, you have to have 2,000 yards or 1,000-1,000 (rushing and receiving yards), maybe, and a bunch of touchdowns,” McCaffrey said. “And I think to be MVP, you have to have quarterbacks that have some down years.”    

However, a historic case does exist for CMC. He became just the fourth player since the 1970 AFL/NFL merger to lead the NFL in rushing yards wire to wire, meaning he was atop the league’s rushing yards leaderboard every week following the conclusion of Week 1. The other three players in this club are all Hall of…


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Author : Garrett Podell

Publish date : 2024-02-08 18:41:30

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