Denver QB Peyton Manning and Vikings RB Adrian Peterson were the big winners at Saturday night’s NFL Honors Award Ceremony.
Peterson, the workhorse Vikings RB, won the top honor as the AP Most Valuable Player. In addition, he also collected both the AP Offensive Player of the Year and NFL.com Fantasy Football Player of the Year.
New Orleans native Manning won the AP Comeback Player of the Year Award, in what many thought was an upset. He said he enjoyed himself this season and had no plans on retiring anon, only “when the planning and preparation stops being fun.”
Manning’s former team walked away with the prestigious AP Coach of the Year Award. The award actually went to interim head coach Bruce Arians, who held the Colts team together while Head Coach Chuck Pagano underwent therapy throughout the season. Relying heavily on veterans Corey Redding and Reggie Wayne, Arians acknowledged the role of the entire team and organization as making winning the award possible. His goals for next season are to repeat as Coach of the Year and have his Cardinals playing in the big game next season.
Russell Wilson, the sensational Seattle rookie QB, took home the Pepsi Rookie of the Year award over fellow QBs
Robert Griffin III and Andrew Luck. While excited about his achievements this season, he still feels the Seahawks could have done more and looks forward to a “championship offseason.” Wilson, who led all rookies with 26 TD passes this season and over 3100 yards, led his Seahawks to the NFC Divisional Round, where they He singled out Drew Brees and his poise and preparation as an influence on the player he wants to become.