Bills' Athletic Trainer Earns Recognition With MVP Vote

David Kaestle
Bills Assistant Trainer Denny Kellington received an NFL MVP vote.
Bills Assistant Trainer Denny Kellington received an NFL MVP vote. / Associated Press

On Thursday night, the NFL hosted its annual Honors ceremony where they announce the winners of various season-long awards.

As expected, Patrick Mahomes won the MVP award, but it was who someone else voted for that caught some attention. The NFL introduced ranked-choice voting this year for its awards, which allows voters to rank their top-five choices.

ESPN's Suzy Kolbert had an unconventional, but great choice for her fifth-place vote. She cast it for Bills Assistant Athletic Trainer Denny Kellington. He was the man who performed live-saving CPR on Damar Hamlin on the field in Week 17, saving his life.

While this is purly symbolic, what a symbol it was. If saving someone's life on the field isn't the ultimate defintion of an MVP, I'm not sure what is. Kellington and the entire medical staff and first responders of that night deserve endless thanks for how well and how quickly they performed their jobs to save Hamlin's life.

They all had to be perfect that night, and perfect they were. Now, because of that, Hamlin will have a second chance at life and at a career. And his family gets to keep their loved one.

Hamlin himself made an appearance at the show and lit up the room.

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