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Tampa Bay's Hippeard Named Most Valuable Player

August 25, 2017
Hippeard becomes first Tampa Bay player since Jay Gruden to win MVP honor

LAS VEGAS  – The Arena Football League has announced that Tampa Bay Storm quarterback Randy Hippeard has been named 2017 Most Valuable Player. This marks the first time Hippeard has been honored with the AFL's most prestigious individual honor and is the first time a Storm player to be honored with the MVP distinction since Jay Gruden in 1992.

Hippeard (6’3”, 205, Virginia-Wise) led the League in total offense (259.0 total yards per game) and accounted for 87 touchdowns, more than any other player in 2017. The fifth-year AFL veteran threw for a league-high 3,506 yards and 80 touchdowns against just eight interceptions while also finishing fourth in the League in rushing yards with 120.

Hippeard led the Storm to the No. 2 scoring offense in the AFL this season at 50.7 points per game. Tampa Bay also ranked No. 2 in total offense at 274.1 yards per game.

 

AFL MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

YEAR

PLAYER

TEAM

2017

Randy Hippeard

Tampa Bay

2016

Nick Davila

Arizona

2015

Dan Raudabaugh

Philadelphia

2014

Nick Davila

Arizona

2013

Erik Meyer

Spokane

2012

Tommy Grady

Utah

2011

Nick Davila

Arizona

1995

Barry Wagner

Orlando

1994

Eddie Brown

Albany

1993

Hunkie Cooper

Arizona

1992

Jay Gruden

Tampa Bay

1991

George LaFrance

Detroit

1990

Art Schlichter

Detroit

1989

George LaFrance

Detroit

1988

Ben Bennett

Chicago

1987

Russell Hairston

Pittsburgh

   

ARENABOWL XXX

Saturday, August 26 at 7:00 p.m. ET – Wells Fargo Center (Philadelphia, Pa.)

#2 Tampa Bay Storm (10-4; 1-0) at #1 Philadelphia Soul (13-1; 1-0)

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