Jackson and Simmons highlight NFL Honors nominees on the red carpet

John Evenson speaks with Denver Broncos Defensive Back Justin Simmons at the NFL Honor Awards. (WPEC)

Former Boynton Beach High School star Lamar Jackson was whisked down the red carpet prior to Saturday’s NFL Honors 2020 Awards.

Jackson had several national television commitments before the show was to begin. It’s the latest indication of how much has changed for him over the past year.

One guy who understands the hype is former NFL star Chad Johnson, who has no doubt in his mind who the NFL MVP is going to be.

“ Lamar Jackson is the MVP,” said Johnson. “ If Vegas has bets or odds or over and unders on who’s going to win, that’s your guy. I watched him at Boynton Beach High, what we are seeing now I saw him long before the fame and the money so it’s been enjoyable.”

“First you’re scared of speed,“ says Dolphins nose tackle Davon Godchaux. “Then he showed a lot of people that he can throw the ball this year I mean, that’s scary too. So when you have those type of combinations, a guy who runs like Michael Vick, but he can also throw, that’s scary.”

Former Martin County High School Star Justin Simmons is also up for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award, for his work with children’s charities.

“It’s been unreal,” says Simmons. “The young man that was drafted in the third round at my house (four years ago ) in Stuart never would have thought I would be here in four years. It’s just a testament to the community of people that hold me accountable consistently. I’m so honored to be here tonight.”