On Friday, as the Arena Football League announced their postseason awards for 2017, Tampa Bay Storm quarterback Randy Hippeard heard his name not once, but twice, as he was named both Most Valuable Player and Offensive Player of the Year. Hippeard is the first player since 2015 to collect both in the same year, and these are his first postseason awards.
Hippeard (6’3″, 205 lbs.) finishes his fifth season in the league and third with the Storm in ArenaBowl XXX. The veteran started his career with Tampa Bay in 2013, spending two seasons before moving across I-4 to play for the Orlando Predators for two seasons.
The Stafford, Virginia native, who played collegiately at the University of Virginia-Wise, put together his finest season in his first full season since 2014. He led the league in several passing categories, including yards per game (250.4), yards (3,506), attempts (494) and pass completions (328).
Known for efficiency, Hippeard finished second with an efficiency rating of 119.8, throwing 80 touchdowns to just eight interceptions. Also known for his timely running, Hippeard made plays with his legs, rushing for 120 yards and seven touchdowns.
In terms of total offense, Hippeard again led the league with 3,626 yards, averaging 259.0 yards per game while accounting for 87 of the Storm’s 104 total touchdowns.