The National Arena League is set to announce several awards during their first awards banquet on Sunday night, July 9. One of the awards will be the National Arena League Most Valuable Player (MVP).
There are really only two candidates for the MVP award in the NAL. Jacksonville Sharks running back Derrick Ross and Lehigh Valley Steelhawks quarterback Warren Smith Jr have been the two best players in the league’s first year. However, when it comes to an award such as MVP, the winner is chosen by who has been most valuable to their team.
Ross has dominated the run game all season along and will finish with the league’s rushing title. But if he were as valuable, his team wouldn’t have struggled offensively like they have. When it comes to Smith, he had the Steelhawks as the hottest team in the league until their loss to the Columbus Lions.
While Smith did have help with his offensive weapons in Darius Prince, Brandon Renford, Warren Oliver and others, no one knows how the team would’ve fared with anyone other than Smith as their quarterback.
Not only that, but when it comes to league MVPs, the quarterback is mainly favored, as well. The reasoning behind this is because generally the quarterback is the one who leads the team down the field on each drive.
Smith’s stats also help prove his case. He threw for 1,953 yards in the inaugural NAL season. The next best passing game comes from Darren Daniel (1,611 yards passing) and he doesn’t even start for the Lions anymore.
Ross may dominate the run game in the NAL and he may be the one of the most impressive players, but Warren Smith Jr has been the most valuable player. That’s why he will claim the award for the NAL MVP on Sunday night, July 9 at the awards banquet.