NFL players were awarded for their hard work and dedication

Madison White, Copy Editor

NFL players were awarded for their hard work and dedication

Now that the NFL season is completed for the year, the best of the best have been awarded at the seventh annual NFL Honors award ceremony, which was hosted by Rob Riggle on Sat, Feb. 3. Since there’s always two sides to the game, the AP (associated press) Defensive player of the year was awarded to Los Angeles Ram’s Defensive Tackle, Aaron Donald. The AP Offensive player of the year went to the Ram’s Running Back Todd Gurley. The AP comeback player of the year was Los Angeles Chargers’ Wide Receiver Keenan Allen. Allen had come back from a torn ACL injury this season to play in all 16 games. The Rams dominated receiving a majority of the awards. AP coach of the year was given to the Ram’s coach Sean McVay.

The NFL offense was on their game this year. The Philadelphia Eagles came on top with the best Offensive Line award. You can not dominate if you just win home games. The Houston Texan’s Quarterback Deshawn Watson got the Greatness on the Road award. The Pro Football Hall of Fame also introduced their class of 2018. Those past players are: General Manager Bobby Beathard, Linebacker Robert Brazile, Safety Brian Dawkins, Guard Jerry Kramer, Linebacker Ray Lewis, Wide Receiver Randy Moss, Wide Receiver Terrell Owens, and Linebacker Brian Urlacher.

One of the many highlighted awards given was the USAA Salute to Service award given to the Atlanta Falcons’ Wide Receiver Andre Roberts. Roberts showed outstanding efforts in supporting members of the military community. The Game Changer award was given to Sam Gordon. Even though he was not present at the ceremony, Tom Brady was awarded the AP Most Valuable Player award. Finally, the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award was presented to the Houston Texans’ Defensive End J.J. Watt. Watt fundraised more than 37 million dollars in 19 days to help Hurricane Harvey relief.

“I cannot express how humbled and honored that I am to be mentioned in the same sentences as Walter Payton, a man who did everything right not only on the field but off of it,” Watt said in his acceptance speech.