It seemed like just a formality, and now it is official.
Former Ohio State and current San Francisco 49er defensive end Nick Bosa was named the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year on Thursday night.
The voting wasn’t even that close, with Bosa receiving a whopping 46-of-50 first-place votes.
He joins another former Buckeye, wide receiver Garrett Wilson, as award winners during the NFL Honors Ceremony.
Bosa received the honor from the Associated Press thanks to a monster of a 2022 season.
He led the league in sacks with 18.5 and helped anchor a defense that led the league in points allowed per game (16.3),
and yards surrendered per contest (300.6). It was by far his best year in the NFL yet.
The Niners had designs of winning a Super Bowl,
but their run came to an end in the NFC Championship game thanks to a dominant performance from the Philadelphia Eagles.