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Justin Jefferson Named a Finalist for Most Valuable Player by Associated Press

EAGAN, Minn. — Justin Jefferson heard the "M-V-P" chants all season long.

Now, he's one step closer to bringing the actual hardware home.

Jefferson was one of five finalists named for The Associated Press 2022 NFL Most Valuable Player award, the league announced on Wednesday.

The other four MVP finalists are all quarterbacks: Cincinnati's Joe Burrow, Kansas City's Patrick Mahomes, Philadelphia's Jalen Hurts and Buffalo's Josh Allen.

The winners will be announced during NFL Honors, which is scheduled to air on NBC at 8 p.m. (CT) on Feb. 9.

Jefferson is the second non-quarterback since 2017 to be named a finalist, with Rams receiver Cooper Kupp placing third in last year's voting. No receiver has ever won the award.

Only one non-quarterback has been named MVP in the past decade: former Vikings running back Adrian Peterson in 2012.

Jefferson led the league in receptions (128) and yards (1,809), both career highs and Vikings single-season records. He also hauled in eight touchdowns to help lead a Vikings team that garnered at least 13 victories for just the third time in franchise history.

Earlier this month, Jefferson was named First-Team All-Pro by The Associated Press for the first time in his career.