The night before the Super Bowl is a big one when we find out the season's award winners and the latest Pro Football Hall of Fame class.
This year's Hall of Fame class includes three first-ballot players in Ray Lewis, Randy Moss, and Brian Urlacher. Terrell Owens is going in on his third ballot. Brian Dawkins, Bobby Beathard (general manager), and two senior nominees in Jerry Kramer and Robert Brazille complete the eight-man class.
Back in August, I predicted Lewis, Moss and Owens going in, but I had John Lynch and Kevin Mawae making it instead of Dawkins and Urlacher. Owens' wait feels so tiny next to Kramer's, but this gives the 1961 Packers a new record as the first team in NFL history with 12 Hall of Fame players. That does not include a 13th selection in Hall of Fame coach Vince Lombardi.
The following AP award winners from the NFL Honors include:
- Most Valuable Player: Tom Brady, Patriots
- Offensive Player of the Year: Todd Gurley, Rams
- Defensive Player of the Year: Aaron Donald, Rams
- Offensive Rookie of the Year: Alvin Kamara, Saints
- Defensive Rookie of the Year: Marshon Lattimore, Saints
- Comeback Player of the Year: Keenan Allen, Chargers
- Assistant Coach of the Year: Pat Shurmur, Vikings
- Coach of the Year: Sean McVay, Rams
Brady received 40 MVP votes to eight for Gurley and two for Carson Wentz. He'll attempt to become the first player since Kurt Warner (1999 Rams) to win MVP and the Super Bowl in the same season.