Sunday, February 5, 2012

NFL Awards Recap

The NFL just wrapped up its annual awards, and this years recipients were exceptional.

As expected, Aaron Rodgers walked away with the MVP award. Rodgers looked amazing during the season and will only continue to improve. I look for his name to be called for this award at least a few more times in his career. For the year, Rodgers finished with 45 passing touchdowns and threw for over 4600 yards.

Drew Brees won offensive player of the year, and rightfully so. Brees accomplished what so many have tried to do and failed. Brees broke Dan Marino's single-season passing mark of 5,084 yards by throwing for an astounding 5,476 yards.

On the defensive side, Terrell Suggs was named defensive player of the year. Suggs recorded 70 tackles (50 solo), 7 forced fumbles, 2 interceptions, and 14 sacks.  Suggs turned in an amazing season. Ray Lewis may be the face of the Ravens, but without Suggs, this defense is nowhere near as good.

As expected, Cam Newton won the offensive rookie of the year, breaking Peyton Manning's rookie passing yards record, and Von Miller won defensive rookie of the year. Both turned in impressive performances and will be essential building blocks for their franchises for years to come.

Rounding out the awards, Matthew Stafford won comeback player of the year after returning from yet another shoulder injury to lead the Lions to the playoffs for the first time since 1999.  49'ers head coach Jim Harbaugh won the AP Coach of the Year Award by leading the 49'ers to an impressive 13-3 record and a botched punt away from the Super Bowl. Harbaugh inherited a 6-10 team and immediately turned the culture around. Expect the 49'ers to be a force for years to come.

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