The USFL is a hotbed of extraordinary skill, with certain players distinguishing themselves as truly elite. The All-USFL Team serves as a platform to honor these remarkable athletes. As the 2023 season wraps up, it’s the perfect moment to delve into a compelling argument for why McLeod Bethel-Thompson should have been the recipient of the league’s highest accolade – the MVP.
So, let’s dive right in! After witnessing a season filled with electrifying performances, I firmly believe that McLeod Bethel-Thompson of the Breakers should be the rightful recipient of the 2023 MVP award.
Why, you ask? Let’s break it down.
Bethel-Thompson and the Breakers led the league in offense throughout the season. They topped the charts with the most completions (220) and passing yards (258), and Bethel-Thompson himself was second only to the current MVP, Alex McGough, in quarterback running yards at 90.8.
Bethel-Thompson ended the season with a whopping 2433 passing yards, 14 passing touchdowns, and 8 interceptions. He had a dynamic trio of receivers – Sage Surratt (552 receiving yards), Johnnie Dixon (462 receiving yards), and Jonathan Adams (477 receiving yards) – all of whom contributed significantly to the team’s offensive prowess.
The Breakers had a rollercoaster of a season. They started strong with a 4-0 streak, then hit a rough patch with three consecutive losses, only to bounce back and win their last four games. They clinched a playoff spot but unfortunately lost to the Stallions 22-47, reminiscent of their 2022 playoff loss to the same team.
Despite the team’s inconsistent performance, Bethel-Thompson maintained a high level of play throughout the season. When compared to the actual MVP, Alex McGough of the Stallions, who started only 9 games and ended with 2104 passing yards, 20 passing touchdowns, and 5 interceptions, the numbers are strikingly similar.
However, the question remains: who had the most significant impact? Was it the quarterback of a championship team that ended the season 8-2 and made it to the championship game? Or was it the fearless leader, Bethel-Thompson, who, in the face of adversity and injuries, managed to guide his team to the playoffs?
In my opinion, the MVP award should go to the player who not only puts up impressive numbers but also demonstrates leadership and resilience. And that player, without a doubt, is McLeod Bethel-Thompson.