Back-to-back: Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ quarterback Zach Collaros claims CFL’s Most Outstanding Player award for second time

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Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ quarterback Zach Collaros has been named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Player for the second consecutive season. He is only the fifth player in league history to win the award in back-to-back years.

The 34-year-old threw for 4,183 yards, 37 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions through 17 games this year, missing one late-season contest due to rest. His single-season passing touchdown total ranks second all-time in team history, trailing only the 48 touchdowns thrown by Khari Jones in 2002.

Collaros was acquired by the Blue Bombers via trade in October 2019 ahead of their postseason run that culminated in a Grey Cup victory over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. He led Winnipeg to another championship in 2021 after beating the Ticats at Tim Hortons Field, this time as four-point favourites.

The Cincinnati product suffered an ankle injury late in the West Final and was unable to take the field for the final drive of the game. He did not participate in Winnipeg’s first two practices of the week but is expected to do so on Friday. He confirmed on Thursday that he will start in the Grey Cup on Sunday despite the injury.

Collaros received 47 first-place votes for this award to claim it over Montreal Alouettes’ receiver Eugene Lewis.