Ravens Lewis top AP offensive player

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 31, 2003

The Associated Press

Jamal Lewis rushed past the 2,000-yard mark, took the Baltimore Ravens to their first division title and won The Associated Press NFL Offensive Player of the Year award.

The powerful-yet-speedy running back who rushed for 2,066 yards, second-most in NFL history, and 14 touchdowns, easily outdistanced San Diego's LaDainian Tomlinson for the honor, announced Wednesday. Lewis also set an NFL single-game mark with 295 yards rushing against Cleveland in the second game of the season, then ran for 205 against the Browns in Game 15.

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That set him up to become the fifth player to reach 2,000 yards, which he did early in last Sunday night's 13-10 overtime victory against Pittsburgh. And with 114 yards against the Steelers, he finished behind only Eric Dickerson's 2,105 in 1984.

On Tuesday, teammate Terrell Suggs won The Associated Press NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award.

Despite being used almost exclusively on passing downs, Suggs made enough of an impression to receive The Associated Press NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award Tuesday. He had 12 sacks, forced six fumbles and had an interception.

Suggs' 12 sacks broke the Ravens record for rookies, surpassing the 11 1/2 that Peter Boulware had in 1997. Suggs got his first NFL start Sunday night in place of an injured Boulware and performed admirably.