By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63
Musicians have the Grammys, Actors have the Emmys and Thespians have the Tonys. But for professional NFL athletes, their recognition comes through the NFL Honors Award.
Saturday night the celebration of a year of excellence in the NFL was ushered in with rookies and veterans alike.
Here is a list of the winners from the NFL Honors:
Pepsi Rookie of the Year and AP Offensive Rookie of the Year:
New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara. Kamara had 120 touches for 728 rushing yards and eight rushing touchdowns, 826 receiving yards and five touchdowns. The Saints needed a return to the run game and they got it with Kamara.
FedEx Air and Ground Players of the Year:
Castrol Edge Clutch Performer of the Year:
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees. Even though Brees did not have a 5000-yard season, he did manage to squeeze out 4,334 passing yards and 23 TDs.
AP Defensive Player of the Year:
Los Angeles Rams DT Aaron Donald. The early season holdout should cause the Rams to show Donald the money before training camp.
Salute to Service Award Presented by USAA:
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Andre Roberts.
AP Offensive Player of the Year:
Los Angeles RB Todd Gurley. He was due a breakout season and under head Coach Sean McVay. It was a no-brainer.
Game Changer Award presented by Secret:
Sam Gordon, not an NFL player but a Female who wants to have girls be able to play football since some females love football and want to play it she’s fighting for all schools/colleges to have girl football teams and more opportunities, wins the NFL Game Changer award.
— 🥁🤘🏻Edward🤘🏻🥁 (@EdwardWolbrueck) February 4, 2018
AP Defensive Rookie of the Year:
New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore.
AP Comeback Player of the Year:
Los Angeles Chargers WR Keenan Allen.
Offensive Line of the Year:
Philadelphia Eagles. Evident by the way they kept Wentz clean.
Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award:
Carolina Panthers LB Luke Kuechly
AP Assistant Coach of the Year:
Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur.
Bridgestone Elite Performance Play of the Year:
The Minnesota Miracle. Courtesy of WR Stefon Diggs.
A moment we will never forget.
— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) February 4, 2018
Greatness on the Road Award:
Houston Texans Rookie QB Deshaun Watson.
AP Coach of the Year:
Los Angeles Rams Sean McVay. As if there was any doubt.
AP Most Valuable Player:
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady
Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year presented by Nationwide:
Houston Texans defensive end JJ Watt. The amount of money he raised for the Houston Hurricane Relief with a simple startup donation grew into a blockbuster fund.
To close out the list, it would only be fitting to add the list of the 2018 Pro Football Hall of Fame Class:
- General Manager Bobby Beathard
- Linebackers Robert Brazile, Ray Lewis, and Brian Urlacher;
- Safety Brian Dawkins,
- Guard Jerry Kramer,
- Wide receivers Terrell Owens and Randy Moss.
Congratulations to all the award winners both in Honors and the PFHOF!
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