ArenaBowl Title All That’s Missing for Albany Empire in 2019
After finishing the regular season with the best record in the AFL, the Empire swept their playoff series against Baltimore and they've done almost exactly that when it comes to the league's awards handed out to players and coaches.
Eleven awards in all are dedicated to players and coaches in the Arena Football League and Albany has taken home seven of them. Most recently, quarterback Tommy Grady collected his second straight MVP and wide receiver Malachi Jones was named Offensive Player of the Year. For Grady, he's the first player in league history to win consecutive MVP awards. At 34 years old, he led the AFL in passing yards, passing touchdowns and passer rating. Four separate times this season, Grady threw at least seven touchdowns.
Grady's top receiving target, Jones, added Offensive Player of the Year to his second straight Receiver of the Year award. The second-year pro led the AFL with 1,440 yards; nearly 500 yards more than any other receiver. Jones also had 25 touchdown catches, second only to teammate Quentin Sims' 29.