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Los Angeles Chargers 2017 awards

CARSON, CA - DECEMBER 31: Keenan Allen #13 of the Los Angeles Chargers, Derek Watt #34, and Spencer Pulley #73 celebrate after a touchdown during the first half of the game against the Oakland Raiders at StubHub Center on December 31, 2017 in Carson, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA - DECEMBER 31: Keenan Allen #13 of the Los Angeles Chargers, Derek Watt #34, and Spencer Pulley #73 celebrate after a touchdown during the first half of the game against the Oakland Raiders at StubHub Center on December 31, 2017 in Carson, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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CARSON, CA – DECEMBER 31: Keenan Allen #13 of the Los Angeles Chargers, Derek Watt #34, and Spencer Pulley #73 celebrate after a touchdown during the first half of the game against the Oakland Raiders at StubHub Center on December 31, 2017 in Carson, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA – DECEMBER 31: Keenan Allen #13 of the Los Angeles Chargers, Derek Watt #34, and Spencer Pulley #73 celebrate after a touchdown during the first half of the game against the Oakland Raiders at StubHub Center on December 31, 2017 in Carson, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Though the team fell short of its goal to reach the playoffs, the Los Angeles Chargers had a successful season in the eyes of many.

It was a rollercoaster ride for sure. The Chargers started 0-4, but by midseason, were the team that no one wanted to play. The offense was red hot and the defense was as good as we’ve seen the team have in many years.

It’s time to reflect on the positives from this season while sipping on a big cup of hope for the future.

Who was the comeback player of the year? How about the team’s top rookie? We have the answers right here. Enjoy!

CARSON, CA – DECEMBER 31: Melvin Gordon #28 of the Los Angeles Chargers avoids the tackle from James Cowser #47 of the Oakland Raiders during the second half of the game at StubHub Center on December 31, 2017 in Carson, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA – DECEMBER 31: Melvin Gordon #28 of the Los Angeles Chargers avoids the tackle from James Cowser #47 of the Oakland Raiders during the second half of the game at StubHub Center on December 31, 2017 in Carson, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Offensive Player of the Year: Melvin Gordon

There were some excellent options to choose from in this category as Philip Rivers and Keenan Allen were both worthy of the honor. But Melvin Gordon did it as a runner and a receiver this year and his 1,581 yards of total offense are tough to ignore.

Gordon ran for his first 1,000-yard season as a professional, finishing with 1,105 yards on the ground. He added 58 catches for 476 yards, proving to be one of the league’s best pass-catching running backs.

He also found the end zone 12 times, by far the most on the team.

Going into next year, Gordon needs to be an even bigger focal point of the offensive attack. Next season will be an important one for the former first-round pick, as his contract includes a fifth-year option.

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