Former Packers QB Brett Favre was one of four players elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
One of the greatest quarterbacks in league history, Favre was inducted in his first year of eligibility. Drafted by the Falcons, he played 16 years with the Packers before finishing his career with the Jets and Minnesota. A six-time All Pro, Favre owns multiple NFL records, including most starts (298), pass completions (6,300), and is tied with Peyton Manning with 186 career wins. He ranks second all-time in pass yards (71,838) and touchdowns (508). Favre is joined by Kevin Greene, Marvin Harrison, Orlando Pace, coach Tony Dungy, Seniors nominees Dick Stanfel and Ken Stabler, and contributor Eddie DeBartolo as members of the 2016 Hall of Fame class. Terrell Owens, Kurt Warner, Terrell Davis, and Steve Atwater were among the candidates not selected.
Associated Press named Cam Newton its 2015 Most Valuable Player.
Newton was the clear MVP frontrunner, throwing for 3,837 yards and a 35:10 TD/INT ratio in the regular season. He rushed for 636 yards (4.8 YPC) and 10 touchdowns, making him the first player in history to post 30-plus pass touchdowns and 10 rushing TDs. Newton’s career highs came without top WR Kelvin Benjamin for the entire year. His play elevated a middling cast to a 15-win season and Super Bowl appearance. Newton won MVP in a landslide, getting 48 first-place votes. He also beat Antonio Brown (10 votes) for Offensive Player of the Year.
Associated Press named Ron Rivera its 2015 Coach of the Year.
He beat out Chiefs coach Andy Reid, who was a distant second with six votes. Rivera led Carolina to a 15-1 record and the NFC’s No. 1 seed in the regular season, becoming the sixth team in history to finish with only one loss. The Panthers led the NFL in turnover margin and ranked as a top-five run defense, allowing just over 19 PPG. Rivera has two losses over his last 24 games dating to last year. It marks the second time he’s won the award. The Associated Press named Broncos DC Wade Phillips its Assistant Coach of the Year.
Associated Press named Texans LE J.J. Watt its 2015 Defensive Player of the Year.
It’s the third time in four seasons Watt's won Defensive Player of the year. Watt’s stats declined in 2015, but he still led the league with 17.5 sacks, 29 TFLs, and finished as PFF’s highest graded 3-4 end. He received 37 votes, followed by Rams DT Aaron Donald (7), Panthers MLB Luke Kuechly (4) and CB Josh Norman (2). Watt joins Giants LB Lawrence Taylor as the only three-time DPOY winner.
Chiefs CB Marcus Peters was named the Associated Press' 2015 Defensive Rookie of the Year.
The Chiefs featured Peters as a shadow corner in his first season, lining him up against No. 1 receivers despite his rookie status. He led the NFL with eight interceptions and 26 pass breakups, emerging as one of the league’s top playmakers. Peters received 45-of-50 votes. Bills CB Ronald Darby finished in second place with four votes.
Associated Press named Chiefs FS Eric Berry its 2015 Comeback Player of the Year.
Berry returned to an All-Pro level this year after overcoming a 2014 cancer diagnosis. He played a major role in Kansas City’s seventh-ranked defense, grading positively in coverage and against the run while finishing as PFF’s No. 4 overall safety. Berry got 38 first-place votes, winning easily over Carson Palmer (6) and Adrian Peterson (6). An impending free agent, Berry will push to be one of the highest paid safeties in the league.
Todd Gurley was named the Associated Press' 2015 Offensive Rookie of the Year.
Gurley was one of the top running backs in the league despite missing the first two games recovering from ACL surgery. He led all rookies in yards (1,106), yards per carry (4.8) and touchdowns (10). Gurley also ranked fourth in yards per game and finished behind only Doug Martin in 20-plus yard runs. Jameis Winston finished behind Gurley with 17 votes.
Broncos FS Darian Stewart (knee) won’t wear a brace in the Super Bowl.
Stewart didn’t have any setbacks after practicing fully the last two days. Playing without a brace should give him fewer restrictions. Stewart should see lots of Greg Olsen in coverage.